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     Canst to devotion's highest flight sublime
Exalt the mind, by tenderest pathos' art,
     Dissolve, in purifying tears, the heart,
Or bid it, shuddering, recoil at crime;
     The fond illusions of the youth and maid,
At which so many world-formed sages sneer,
     When by thy altar-lighted torch displayed,
Our natural religion must appear.
     All things in thee tend to one polar star,
Magnetic all thy influences are!

Some murmur at the ‘want of system’ in Richter's writings.
A labyrinth! a flowery wilderness!
     Some in thy ‘slip-boxes’ and ‘honey-moons’
Complain of—want of order, I confess,
     But not of system in its highest sense.
Who asks a guiding clue through this wide mind,
     In love of Nature such will surely find.
In tropic climes, live like the tropic bird,
     Whene'er a spice-fraught grove may tempt thy stay;
Nor be by cares of colder climes disturbed-
     No frost the summer's bloom shall drive away;
Nature's wide temple and the azure dome
     Have plan enough for the free spirit's home!

Your Schiller has already given me great pleasure. I have been reading the ‘Revolt in the Netherlands’ with intense interest, and have reflected much upon it. The volumes are numbered in my little book-case, and as the eye runs over them, I thank the friendly heart that put all this genius and passion within my power.

I am glad, too, that you thought of lending me ‘Bigelow's Elements.’ I have studied the Architecture attentively, till I feel quite mistress of it all

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