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“ Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason
for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear."-1 Peter, iii. 15.

LONDON:

LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

LONDON : SPOTTISWOODES and Shaw,

New-Street Square.

PREFACE.

The following pages, like a great majority of books, were not written in the first instance with a view to publication.

They had their origin in a casual conversation, in the reading which this induced, and in the reflections which thence arose. These reflections were by no means foreign to the writer's temperament, and he has followed them out from time to time, and noted down the results of his reading and meditation, as opportunity or inclination tempted him. The true nature of Eternity and Time was the first subject of his thoughts: and he has found it difficult to limit the topics which meditation upon the abstruse truths of metaphysical and psychological science suggests.

It has occasionally been his lot to wander through romantic districts of foreign lands, with no companion but the star-lit canopy of heaven, and to find his mind wrapt in the contemplations which its infinite and mysterious being so naturally inspires. When nature is seen displayed

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