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BIBLE TEACHINGS IN NATURE.

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LONDON: R. CLAY, SONS, AND TAYLOR, PAINTERS,

BREAD STREET HILL

PREFACE.

11 nov.il-CP B.R.

ONE of the most distinctive features of the present day is the general taste for grand and beautiful scenery. Nature is now loved for her own sake, apart from all her uses to man. Not only poets and painters, but society as a whole, recognise the fact that the world owes its picturesqueness to its waste places. It has been discovered that a mountain is something more than a mere huge heap of earth and rock—and that a lake mirrors in its waters other and greater beauty than that of the surrounding landscape. The terror of the volcano, and the grandeur of the snow-peak, when mingled with the smiles of warm regions flushed with corn and wine, are now felt to make a Divine harmony. Only an age like ours, amid all its Utilitarianism, could find with Ruskin its highest ideal of an earthly paradise on the slopes of a great snow Alp, bright below with the green of forest and pasture, and sublime above with the purple of beetling precipice, and the silver of virgin summit, seven times purified in the fires of Heaven.

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