the sound of music wrapping thee round ; close asthe air, bright as the light of heaven, near thee asthyself, making thee feel and know that He is nearafter whom thou hast sought ; for whom thy weary,guilty, stained soul has panted, faint yet pursuing ;that He is near thee ; that His love and care, andpiercing insight, and healing hand, and unboundedsympathy, and cleansing power, that these are nearthee, in the very Person of the everlasting Son, whofor thee was born, and crucified, and buried, andraised up again from death, and who sitteth on theeternal Throne.Thus it is that He will manifest Himself untothee in a spiritual revelation. But then note, next,though in a spiritual, yet in a real revelation willHe do this. There is in very many minds a mostfalse opposition between that which is spiritual andthat which is real ; as if that only which could beperceived by the senses was real. But this is mostuntrue : there are dwelling within us even here, inthis our imperfect state, far deeper and truer perceptions than any which the senses can ministerunto us. All things, indeed, witness to the imperfection of the conclusions to which the mere sensesbring us over and over again : even now we haveto correct by a higher law of internal consciousnessthe deceitful intimations which reach us throughtLese gates of the body. Sights mock our eyes ;Vii.] The Manifested Presence. 71and sounds distract our ears ; and touch misleads us ;and we have to tell ourselves that the show, andthe din, and the seeming presence around us areunreal, and apparent, and a fraud. So that in thisworld even we have continually to set the sensesright by the higher laws of consciousness and reason.