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far reaching. If, in the place of political strife, the people's education could become the engrossing topic, we might soon write over our prison doors, “To Let."-Ed.]

RELIGION AS CONNECTED WITH EDUCATION.

A religious education is most essential to the welfare of every individual. To the rich it is all but every thing; to the poor it may be said, without a figure, to be everything. It is to them that the Christian religion is especially preached--it is their special patrimony; and if the Legislature does not secure for them a religious education they do not, in my opinion, half execute their duty to their fellow-creatures.”

[“ Think not that Liberty
From knowledge and Religion e'er will dwell
Apart, companions they
Of Heavenly seed connate.”

And understandingly, as wisely said Lord Byron,

“ The Tree of Knowledge is not that of life.
Philosophy and science and the springs
Of wonder, and the wisdom of the world,
I have essayed, and in my mind there is

A power to make these subject to itself;
But they avail not."

And again, he writes

“ I have known
That knowledge is not happiness, and science
But an exchange of ignorance for that
Which is another kind of ignorance.”

A depraved high-taught intellect, blowing where it listeth, does but blight and scathe the souls of men. And the highest good of all demands that every child should be taught,

“ Not only

Principles earthy and of earth,
But Heavenly ones of Heaven."

Knowledge without religion puffeth up, and is vain and blind.

For never yet did philanthropic tube
That brings the planets home into the eye
Of observation, and discovers, else
Not visible, his family of worlds
Discover him that rules them; such a veil
Hangs over mortal eyes, blind from the birth
And dark in things divine. Full often too,
Our wayward intellect, the more we learn

Of nature, overlooks her author more ;
But if his word once teach us--shoot a ray
Through all the heart's dark chambers, and reveal
Truths undiscerned but by that holy light,
Then all is plain. Philosophy, baptized
In the pure fountain of eternal love
Has eyes indeed ; and viewing all she sees
As meant to indicate a God to man.
Learning has borne such fruit in other days
On all her branches : piety has found
Friends in the friends of science, and true pray'r
Has flowed from lips wet with Castalian dews.
Such was thy wisdom, Newton, child-like sage !
Sagacious reader of the works of God,
And in his word sagacious. Such, too, thino,
Milton, whose genius had angelic wings
And fed on manna !”

And what more invigorating to the faculties, than exercise on moral things, "the least of which seem infinite."-Ed.]

THE HUMAN MIND NO LONGER IN SHACKLES.

"I rejoice to think that it is not necessary to close these observations, by combating objections to the diffusion of science among the working classes, arising from considerations of a political nature. Happily the time is past and

gone when bigots would persuade mankind that the lights of philosophy were to be extinguished as dangerous to religion ; and when tyrants could proscribe the instructers of the people as enemies to their power. It is preposterous to imagine that the enlargement of our acquaintance with the laws which regulate the universe, can dispose to unbelief. It may be a cure for superstition-for intolerance it will be a most certain

cure ;

but and true religion has nothing to fear from the greatest expansion which the understanding can receive, by the study either of matter or of mind. The more widely science is diffused, the better will the Author of all things be known, and the less will the people be tossed to and from by the

a pure

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