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AN habitual effort to cultivate a sense of the Divine Presence, and an habitual desire to have the whole moral condition regulated by this impression, implies a sacred respect to the character of the Deity, and is opposed to every kind of profaneness, or aught by which one might weaken in himself, or others, the reverential feeling due towards the character and even the name of the Almighty. This must be extended, not to the outward conduct alone, but to the desires and affections of the heart. There is a state of mind, in which a desire, which the moral feelings disapprove, may not be followed by volition, while
the desire is still indulged, and the mind is allowed to cherish it with some feeling of regret, or even to luxuriate with a sense of pleasure in the imaginary gratification. In the same manner, a malevolent affection to our fellow-men may be checked from producing injurious conduct, while the feeling still rankles in the heart in the form of envy or hatred. These mental conditions, while they are widely at variance with the healthy state of a rational and responsible being, must be regarded by the Deity as constituting moral guilt and moral degradation. Nor is it only on the mind which cherishes malevolent passions and impure desires and imaginations, that the Holy One must look with a feeling of condemnation. There may be another mental condition in which the thoughts and desires are directed to transient and frivolous objects, and thus run to waste amid the trifles of the passing hour, without any feeling of the truths and motives which demand the attention of moral beings. The pursuits of such a man may have nothing in them that is referable either to impure desire or malevolent affection. They may be the acquisition of wealth-the grasp after powerthe love of distinction, or a devotion to merely tri
vial occupations, while there is a total neglect of those great concerns which really demand our chief and highest regard. Amid the legitimate and even the laudable pursuits of ordinary life, we are too apt to lose sight of those duties and responsibilities which attend a state of moral discipline, and that culture of the soul required as a preparation for the future state of existence to which we are hastening. But we cannot doubt that these considerations bear an important aspect in the eye of the Deity; and that the mind in which they hold not an habitual influence is contemplated by him as in a state of moral destitution.
ADDRESS TO THE DEITY.
TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN.
OH! thou Eternal One! whose presence bright
Whom none can comprehend, and none explore ; Who fill'st existence with Thyself alone; Embracing all,-supporting,-ruling o'er,— Being whom we call God, and know no more!
In its sublime research, philosophy
May measure out the ocean deep-may count The sands or the sun's rays; but God! for Thee
There is no weight nor measure; none can mount Up to thy mysteries. Reason's bright spark,
Though kindled by Thy light, in vain would try To trace Thy counsels, infinite and dark :
And thought is lost ere thought can soar so high, Even like past moments in eternity.