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TO HER FOSTER-CHILD,
THE SOUL OF MAN:
OF ANALOGIES BETWEEN THE NATURAL AND
THE SPIRITUAL WORLD.
BY THE AUTHOR OF “A REEL IN A BOTTLE.”
THE NEW YORK
ASTOR LENOX AND
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by
CHARLES SCRIBNER, In the Clerk's Oflice of the District Court of the United States for the Southern Dis
trict of New York,
W. BENEDICT, STEPEOTYPER AND PRINTER,
201 William Street.
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. Fiom ihe world that now is, we pass over upon then to the world that is to come ; through faith, they exen--becoide 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,