Old things are passed aioay Yes, such is the inevitable decree. That which was once fresh, young, and new, sinks slowly and surely into mouldering decay. Although nature itself is endued with some principle of everlasting vigor, yet the productions of nature all seem to be subject to this great law of eternal variation and change. The mineral which we consume on our winters hearth, is but the relic of primeval forests, which once flourished in. beauty and grandeur, perhaps for a thousand years. Every possible form of organization grows, flourishes, declines, dies. It seems as if the mighty, intelligent Source of life, who sits behind the veil, had declared to the material things he has created, Ye may reveal and speak for a little while my existence, my wisdom, my power, my goodness, my beauty, my love but ye shall not partake of mine eternal and un changing essence. Man, as an organized being, constitutes no exception to this universal law. There is found to be an old age, decay, and extinction, even in nations and races of men, as well as in individuals. The works of man follow the same inflexible rule. There is observed many a loose and crumbling spot in the pyramids of Egypt themselves. Human institutions also grow old and pass away.
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