Essays and Poems, with a Brief Autobiographical Memoir

Essays and Poems, with a Brief Autobiographical Memoir

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ... Into tho clouds;--The dove that perched upon the tree of life, And made her nest among its thickest boughs;--All' the winged inhabitants of Paradise Whose songs were mingled with the songs of angels, Built their first nests as curiously and well As the wood minstrels of our later day." in his sublime aspirations; in his longings after the infinite; in his vague desires and anticipations; in his power, his skill, his wisdom, his sympathies, his understanding, his sense of justice, of propriety, of virtue; in his love of beauty, and hatred of deformity--in short, in all those things that make up the excellency of his nature--he appears to approximate towards his Divine Original, and faintly shadow His glorious perfections. May we not then justly conclude that as is the Archetype so is the type; as is the sun so is the spark--that if nature abundantly manifests the existence of a spiritual or immaterial being of the highest order, other beings of kindred though inferior powers partake of a nature essentially similar in its kind? This analogy between the greater and the less, may be traced throughout creation. Indeed it is the only method of judging and proving the nature of those things which we cannot grasp or submit to the test of the senses, or of experiment. Thus Franklin inferred that lightning and electricity were identical before he proved the fact by drawing it from the clouds. Thus the chemist analyses a small quantity of common air, and from it deduces the nature of the atmosphere, and its component elements. In like manner he takes a drop of water, and proves from it the nature of the ocean. By this method also the natural philosopher classifies and arranges the various objects that exist, according to the corresponding...
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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236913450
  • 9781236913456