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[254] be bowed to the Father of spirits, and He become all in all. Justin Martyr was of the opinion that many of them still hoped for their salvation; and the Cabalists held that this hope of theirs was well founded. One is irresistibly reminded here of the closing verse of the Address to the Deil, by Burns:—
But fare ye weel, Auld Nickie ben!
     Gin ye wad take a thought and mend,
Ye aiblins might—I dinna ken—
     Still hae a stake:
I'm wae to think upon yon den
     E'en for your sake.

The old schoolmen and fathers seem to agree that the Devil and his ministers have bodies in some sort material, subject to passions and liable to injury and pain. Origen has a curious notion that any evil spirit who, in a contest with a human being, is defeated, loses from thenceforth all his power of mischief, and may be compared to a wasp who has lost his sting.

‘The Devil,’ said Samson Occum, the famous Indian preacher, in a discourse on temperance, ‘is a gentleman, and never drinks.’ Nevertheless it is a remarkable fact, and worthy of the serious consideration of all who ‘tarry long at the wine,’ that, in that state of the drunkard's malady known as delirium tremens, the adversary, in some shape or other, is generally visible to the sufferers, or at least, as Winslow says of the Powahs, ‘he appeareth more familiarly to them than to others.’ I recollect a statement made to me by a gentleman who has had bitter experience of the evils of intemperance, and who is at this time devoting his fine

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