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END OF PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY.              23
that the profoundest truths lie wrapped up in the occurrences of every-day life. He asked himself the question, why did the apple fall to the ground, rather than rise to the clouds 1 By what power is it that if any substance is thrown into the air, it is forcibly pulled back to the earth ? He pursued these inquiries till he made the most stupendous discovery of modern times, and disclosed to mankind that principle of gravi­tation upon which the mechanism of the heavens is balanced. Be not repelled then from the sub­ject to which I ask your attention, because it is common. Remember the example of the great philosopher. Remember the words of one greater than he, who has said in regard to chil­dren, "Suffer them to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
THE TRUE END OF PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY.
To the careless or casual observer, the works of nature present an assemblage of objects with­out plan, arrangement, or design. To him, the surface of the earth seems but a disorganized mass of rocks, stones, and soils; to him, the various tribes of animals are but as a confused Babel, and the vegetable kingdom a perplexing and bewildering maze of trees, plants, and
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