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1 O4 FRAGMEN TS OF SCIENCE.

the most powerful and elevated minds—wa fascination which
will probably continue for men of Greek and Roman mould
to the end of time.

In connection with this question of the emotions one
very obvious danger besets many of the more earnest spirits
of ‘our day—the danger of haste in endeavoring to give the
feelings repose. We are distracted by systems of theology
and philosophy which were taught to us when young, and
which now excite in us a hunger and a thirst for knowledge
not proved to be attainable. There are periods when the
judgment ought to remain in suspense, the data on which
a decision might be based being absent. This discipline
of suSpending the judgment is a common one in science,
but not so common as it ought to be elsewhere. I walked
down Regent Street some time ago with a man of great
gifts and acquirements, discussing with him various theo-
logical questions. I could not accept his views of the origin
and destiny of the universe, nor was I prepared to enun-
ciate any definite views of my own. He turned to me at
length and said, “ You surely must have a theory of the
universe.” That I should in one way or another have solved
this mystery of mysteries seemed to my friend a matter of
course. “ I have not even a theory of magnetism,” was my
reply. We ought to learn to wait, and pause before closing
with the advances of those expounders of the ways of God
to men, who offer us intellectual peace at the modest cost
of intellectual life.

The teachers of the world ought to be its best men, and
for the present at all events such men must learn self-trust.
They must learn more and more to do without external aid;
save such aid as comes from the contemplation of a uni-
verse, which, though it baffles the intellect, can elevate the
heart. But they must learn to feel the mystery of that
universe without attempting to give it a rigid form, per-
sonal or otherwise. By the fulness and freshness of their

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