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“ All thou would'st learn I will mako clear to thee

No riddle upon my lips, but such straight words,
As friends should use to each other when they talk.”

PROMETHEUS.

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I. T. HECKER.

NEW YORK:

D. APPLETON & COMPANY,

346 & 848 BROADWAY.

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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by

D. APPLETON & COMPANY,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for tho

Southern District of New York,

PREFACE.

THE

age is out of joint. Men run to and fro to find the truth. The future lies hid in obscurity and thick darkness. The wide world seems afloat. The question, Has man a destiny, and what is it ? agitates the souls of all men. It would seem that God had never made known to man his destiny, or that man had missed the way that leads to it. Who will bring the light of truth once more to dawn upon the soul ? Truth that will give to man life, energy, and a purpose worthy of his noble and Godlike capacities ? One thing we can truly say of the following sheets; they are not idle speculations. Our heart is in them, and our life's results. That they may be a means to answer life’s problem to earnest souls, is our only ambition. With this, knowing that truth is never spoken in vain, we send them forth.

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