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MAN THE SUBJECT OF EDUCATION.              31
without instruction, the former advances only as led forth by the hand of education. The fish glances through the water; the quadruped roams over the land; the birds put forth their varied melody: and all this with no other tui­tion than that of instinct. God is their school­master, and his lessons are perfect. Rut man is subject to a different design. He cannot per­form the simple act of walking: he cannot utter an articulate sound; he cannot even pick up a pin, but througli a process of teaching and training. If, then, instinct be the law of the animal creation, education is the law of man. It is the law of his physical nature, for by its instrumentality alone can his simplest and com­monest faculties be unfolded.
MAN THE SUBJECT OF EDUCATION IN RESPECT TO HIS INTELLECTUAL FACULTIES.
Let us now consider the mental powers of man, as compared with the higher animal instincts. We begin by repeating the remark, that while man has every thing to learn, the animal tribes need no instruction. The duck that is hatched in the barnyard by the hen, and associates only with companions that shun the water, marches
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