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MORALS.
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my mind, surpasses the achievements of con­quest and the discoveries of science. In the midst of a moral night, which overshadows the earth, in a spot favored by no moral illumina­tion, a being appears and writes, as it wore. upon the sky, :; Love thy neighbor as thyself!" The golden words dispel the darkness, and throw light and lustre over the world. They remain from age to age, gathering brightness with time, and still showing that, after all the discoveries of man, no rule of human duty can be produced, no code of social obligation, which weakens or supersedes them.
The law of conscience is therefore universal, but it is sanctioned and enforced by revelation.*
* I beg the parent's attention to the following- observations, by Dr. Way land.
" Those faculties are the strongest which are used the most. If one man be stronger than another, we shall lind that he uses his strength more than the other. He whose occupations require the use of his arms, becomes strong in his arms ; while he who walks or runs much becomes strong in his legs. He who uses his memory habitually remembers easily, that is, acquires a strong memory ; while he who rarely tries to recollect what he hears or rea;ls, very soon has a weak memory. And thus men have come to this general conclusion, that all our faculties are strengthened by use and weakened by disuse.
lt This rule applies to conscience in several particulars :—
" The more frequently we use our conscience in judging be­tween actions as right or wrong, the more easily shall we learn to judge correctly concerning them. He who, before every action, will deliberately ask himself, ' Is this right or wrong ?' will sel-
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