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through habit and tradition, but is in reality never thought

oat? Again, Christians are shown "how they may have their affections set on things above, and yet give diligent attention to the affairs of their earthly call- ing." How ? By the "familiar example of the rainbow, that rising into heaven but resting on earth, is connected both with the clods of the valley and the clouds of the sky." Can there be a more inapt illustra- tion of the straggle in a man's mind between two sets of cares, or one more useless for edification ? It is a striking instance of the writer's tendency to avail himself of the first pretty figure that occurs to him, without regard to its propriety. Three-fourths of the volume con- sist of writing of this sort, one-fourth of good advice, and the whole may be compared to a spiritual dinner it la Busse, where the flowers and shrubs are out of all proportion to the solid sustenance provided.