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shrubs. But to the patient and philosophical student of nature, these fields of science assume a very different aspect. To him, the rugged hills and mountains are susceptible of classi­fication, and the very stones scattered over their surface are known to have their minutest parti­cles arranged in precise angles, according to an inflexible law. To him, the animal kingdom unfolds a stupendous system of living beings, rising in regular gradation, from the sponge, that links the animal to the vegetable world, up to man, who stands at the head of creation. To him, the boundless variety of the forest and the field, of tree and plant, of leaf and flower, are marshalled forth in all the order of a well-appointed army.
Thus it is that nature unfolds her beautiful mysteries to the student of her works. Thus it is that, while the thoughtless and the indifferent stumble on through life, either blindfolded by ignorance or distracted by doubt, the philoso­pher is admitted into the temple of truth and instructed in the ways of Providence. And what is the grand result to which one thus ini­tiated at last arrives ? It is this—that in all the works of God there is design; that in the ani­mal, mineral, and vegetable kingdom there is organization, system, arrangement; that in the
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