Excerpt from An Hour With the Angels, or a Dream of the Spirit Life
I had been reading a book and came to a chapter, the heading of which at first surprised me. It was this: Superiority of Art to N And well did the author anticipate my surprise, and with a few well-timed remarks allayed it. I had been accustomed to think, and still do think that, viewed from a certain standpoint, Nature does infinitely exceed all the powers of finite Art. But, viewed from another standpoint, it may be conceded that Art can improve Nature in some of its forms and adaptations to life's uses and pleasures.
I read and considered the arguments of the writer one after another, until I became much converted to his views. I could comprehend somewhat, the benign inﬂuence of Art upon the well-being and happiness of mortals here, but my heart desired to know if its devotees would receive any advantage from it, above others, in the great future. This the author did not tell me. So I sat musing and thought ful, until I fell into a sort of dream or trance, and the following visions, illustrating the subject of my inquiry, passed before me.
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