Voices of Nature to Her Foster-Child, the Soul of Man: A Series of Analogies Between the Natural and the Spiritual World

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Mr. De Quincey has somewhere said, in one of his compositions, with great beauty of expression, that Analogies are Aerial Pontoons. The phrase is one of admirable vividness and depth of meaning. By material objects, or rather by suspension at one end from such objects, analogies are bridges to spiritual truths; by things they swing the mind forward to thoughts and ideas, and sometimes to discoveries high above the point of starting. From the world that now is, we pass over upon them to the world that is to come; through Faith they even become the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

In this view we have endeavoured to trace, in the forms and processes of Nature, some of the analogies between the natural and the spiritual worlds.

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