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t0 be born, or what German philosophy denotes as a becoming. But nothing‘ expresses that power which seems to work for beauty’ alone. The Greek Ahsmos did; and therefore, with great propriety, Humboldt entitles his book, which recounts the last results of science, Cosmos.

Such are the days,—the earth is the cup, the sky is the cover, of the immense bounty of nature which is offered us for our daily aliment; but what a force of illusion begins life with us and attends us to the end! lYe are coaxed, flattered, and duped, from morn to eve, from birth to death; and where is the old eye that ever saw through the deception? The Hindoos represent hlaia, the illu- sory energy of Vishnu, as one of his principal attri- butes. As if, in this gale of warring elements which life is, it was necessary’ to bind souls to hu- man life as mariilers in a telnpest lash themselves to the mast and bulwarks of a ship, and Nature employed certain illusions as her ties and straps, a rattle, a doll, an zipple, for a child ; skates, a river, a boat, a horse, a gun, for the growing boy ; and I will not begin to name those of the youth and adult, for they are numberless. Seldom and slowly the mask falls and the pupil is permitted to see that all is one stuff‘, cooked and painted under many counterfeit appearances. Ilumefs (loctrinc was that the circumstances vary, the amount of

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