symbols. The same symbols are found to make the original elements of all languages. It has moreover been observed, that the idioms of all languages approach each other in laassages of the greatest eloquence and power. And as this is the first language, so is it the last. This immediate dependence of language upon nature, this conver- sion of an outward phenomenon into a type of somewhat in human life, never loses its power to affect us. It is this which gives that piquancy to the conversation of a strong-natured farmer or backwoodsman, which all men relish.

A man’s power to connect his thought with its proper symbol, and so to utter it, depends on the simplicity of his character, that is, upon his love of truth and his desire to communicate it Without loss. The corruption of man is followed by the cor- ruption of language. When simplicity of character and the sovereignty of ideas is broken up by the prevalence of secondary desires, the desire of riches, of pleasure, of power, and of praise, - and (luplic- ity and falsehood take place of simplicity and truth, the power over nature as an interpreter of the will is in a degree lost; new imagery ceases to be cre- ated, and old words are perverted to stand for thing-s which are not ; a paper currency is employed, when there is no bullion in the vaults. In due time the fraud is manifest, and words lose all power to stim‘