energy consists in this, that the mind is kindled by- seeing itself, as if the light were to become sensitive, and turn also to vision. Again, to sigh for an unconscious life, is to protest against Conscience. For what is this faculty but, as its name denotes, a knoiuledge with one^s self of the worth and excellence of the several principles of action by wdiich we are impelled ? Shall w^e desire to be impelled by them still, only remaining in the dark as to their value and our obligations ? — to be the creature of each, as its turn may come, without choice between the baser and the nobler, or percep- tion of difference between appetite and inspiration ? Duty implies, in every form, that a man is entrusted with himself; that he is expected to overlook and direct himself; to maintain therefore an open eye on the spiritual world within, and preserve throughout a sacred order. And once more, to pray for an unconscious life, is to desire an incapacity for Faith. For w4iat is faith, but trust in an Infinite and Holy One, of whom we could have no conception, if our aspirations did not transcend our realities; if the ideal faculty did not survey the actual and find it wanting? Our own spirit is the vestibule which we must enter, as threshold to the temple of the Eternal, and wherein alone we can catch any whisper from the Holy of Holies. A man who had never found his soul, could assuredly never see his God. Scarcely can we admit a theory to be true, which implies that Thought, Duty, Will, and Faith, are so many diseases in our constitution, over which it be- comes us to weep the tears of protestation. These, 352 CHRISTIA SELF-COSCIOUSESS.