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INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER.

HUMAN LIFE has so often been compared to a streama swift current, full of dangerous rapids—that the aptitude of the image must be considered fully established ; 80 fully, indeed, that whoever determines to be original on the subject, will rather rack his brain for a less ob vious figure-even though it should lack some of the truth of this one-than use once more what was used up long ago. But sitting on the rocky ledges of Trenton Falls, one blessed day last summer—with a ribbed roof grander than that of the Pantheon above my head, and masses of foliage, light as feathers next the sky, but deepening into brown shades as they approached the water, clothing the wild cliffs through which the eye strove in vain to follow the rushing flood-I could not but think of the good old simile, and acknowledge that though threadbare, it can never wholly wear out. Gazing fixedly on the stream, as it glistened in the sunlight, or sank away in black eddies where a huge rock broke its course,

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