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TO HER FOSTER-CHILD,
THE SOUL OF MAN:
A SERIES OF ANALOGIES BETWEEN THE NATURAL AND
BY THE AUTHOR OF "A REEL IN A BOTTLE."
EDITED BY REV. HENRY T. CHEEVER.
CHARLES SCRIBNER, 145 NASSAU STREET.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.
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, they 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.
It is thus that we have endeavored, in the present volume, to trace some of the analogies, in the forms and processes of nature, between the natural and the spiritual world. Beautifully has Mr. Coleridge affirmed,