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A Beautiful Paragraph.

--The following since are taken from Sir Humphrey Davy's Salmonia:

‘ "I envy no quality of the mind or intellect in others.--out be it genius, power, wit, fancy,--if I could choose what would be most delightful, and I believe most useful to me, I should prefer a firm religious belief to any other blessing; for it makes life a discipline of goodness; breathes new hopes, varnishes and throws over the decay, the destruction of existence, the most gorgeous of all light; awakens life even in death, and from corruption and decay calls up beauty and divinity; makes in instrument of fortune and shame the ladder of ascent to Paradise; and far above all combination of earthly hopes, calls up the most delightful visions of psalms and amaranths, the gardens of the blest, and security of everlasting joys, where the sensualist and skeptic view only gloom, decay, annihilation and despair."

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