with the quintessence of life itself; grow better, and spiritually
stronger, and more beautiful, ripe, morally wealthy, calm, hopeful,
attuned to this upper music ; pass the brutal lands untouched ; walk
unharmed amidst moral malarias, and draw down to their souls, as
copper-rods the lightning, the divine fervor and fire of the aerial
spaces, the far-off heavens, and become baptized of the Holy Spirit,
and earthly proteges of the supreme Lord of Glory, — our God.
Now once in a while couples do love each other, and from the
product of such unions, what few civilized people there are take their
rise and departure ; and thus the world is saved by God's fiat, just as
one honest man, and good, was declared sufficient to prevent the
overthrow of Sodom.
The world owes its salvation to the accidents of Love; but by and
by, what are now exceptional cases will become the universal rule,
and then farewell human Boyhood, and welcome glorious Manhood.
Couples not loving each other are mutually exhaustive, and, as a
consequence, fret and fume, worry the life out of one another, and
wear their very souls threadbare and to shreds, so that here on earth
they amount to but little, and after death enter the ethereal
realms in a state of immortal leanness, wizzenness, scranniness,
requiring, perhaps, ages of time, or, at least, a long lapse of years,
before they can ever reach a condition of soul-fatness, or celestial
plumptitude. We can gain much by truly loving!
XXXVII. Light is the shadow of God! Deity is never to be
seen, for He ever recedes from telescopic or visual scrutiny. But He
is always to be felt ; and whosoever_/e.7_ for God is sure to touch
and find him! for when we feel for him, he invariably comes forth
and whispers to the soul: Here am I! But the inscrutable Being
dwells within the Everlasting Shadow,—behind the Everlasting
Flame ; for He is the Eternal Fire ! and the quintessence of All
Heat ; not the heat of combustion, but its opposites, like unto that
which is evolved from within our souls when we truly Love.
Men gazing upon solar light have been struck dumb with the tre¬
mendous conception that God was concentrated Light, and that to
find him they must rush into the intolerable effulgence, the awful
brilliance of all the focal spaces! But they erred. The amazing