ception of even body itself. What is body ? It is not footnor hand; n8r arm, nor trunk. What is foot, or hand ?Is it bone, or muscle or blood ? If so, then even theblood that is in the foot passes to the hand, and that inthe hand to the foot. To-day there is muscle and bonein our limbs which is thin air to-morrow and passinginto other muscles and bones. Is theHbody the senses ?seeing, tasting, hearing, feeling ? Then to-morrow theeye is closed, the hand is palsied, and there is just thatmuch less of body. To get to a true idea of body, youmust go oiT to ideas of that which seems to have no body.Body is heart action — stomach assimilating food, bloodcirculating. Body is sensation, activity, strength. — Body is an abstraction, health. Whoever ha^ that, hasbodily life — a body. Whoever has it not, has death — not a body. So much less body in proportion as he hasit not, and yet, so full is nature of paradox, the less wehave the more we are occupied with that we have, but itis negative occupation. It is occupied with itself. Getany part diseased and you are instantly occupiedwith that part. To have a body, the body we have mustrecreate itself, by laws of body. If the heart is bad,you cannot put in a new one. If your arm is paralyzed,you cannot put another in its place. To have a heart,to have an arm, those parts must absorb from naturebeyond that which is heart and arm. So with soul.There is understanding, reason, imagination, perception,affection. Then beyond these there is love, there ismercy, truth, justice, virtue, unself, self-sacrifice. Therelire powers of perception, of sensation. Your soul ormine is whatever there is to us of any of these, of allthese together. If I have no justice, no veneration, no78 SERMOS.love, to that extent my soul is diseased. I have in thoserespects no soul. Outside the soul, there is God, a uni-verse, elements on which the soul must fee^, which thesoul must assimilate. Where my soul fails, to thatextent it dies. If I have not virtue, no agency can giveme virtue. I must perceive and absorb it. The soul isrelated to these as the body to nutriment. I must takepains to get it. If I have not knowledge, no being cangive me knowledge. I must seek it, absorb it. Soulmust grow ; does grow, or dies. Health is enjoyment.