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TO HER FOSTER-CHILD,
THE SOUL OF MAN:
A SERIES OF ANALOGIES BETWEEN THE NATURAL AND
THE SPIRITUAL WORLD.
BY THE AUTHOR OF “A REEL IN A BOTTLE.”
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.
c. W. BENEDICT, STEREOTYPER AND PRINTER, : : :: ::
* van William Stret.
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 sometiraes to discoveries high above the point of starting. Fiom che world that now is, we pass over upon them to ibe world that is to come; through faith, they even becoice 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,