some glow of tempered cheerfulness about the slack- ening pulse and deepening chill of life. But an eye less obtuse may often read a secret meaning in all this, and recognize in it the symbol of an unspoken mystery ; the sacred hope, the perfect trust, the will laid low, the love raised high, make their confession by faithful act, and learn the right of a holy silence. And, assuredly, he to whose ready speech the sancti- ties most quickly come, who has no difficulty in running over everlasting things, and never pauses at the awful name, and can coin the words for what is most dear and deep, is not often the most truly devout. The sects and classes, moreover, who make the greatest point of bringing their Christianity into the drawing-room, the street or the senate, after be- guiling you into respect and perhaps admiration, continually let out the other half of the truth by some surprising coarseness or some selfish intolerance. Yet, in spite of these appearances, it is altogether true that ' of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.' Language has two functions, easily distinguished, yet easily forgotten. It is an instrument of com- munication with one another ; and an instrument of thought within ourselves. Plato used to say that Thought and Speech are the same ; only that thought is the mind's silent dialogue with itself.* It need * The definition is so apposite, that I am tempted to subjoin it : — ^E. OuxQVv Siavoia fitv y.ai Xoyoq ravrov • n2.i:v 6 ^ev ivrog r^g 'ipv/t'jg 7TQ0C avri^v diu?.OYog artv ^cov/yg yiyvu^uevog rovr' avro i^nv ircMvoHuad^i], diuvoia ; &EAI. Huvv jiih' oi'v. Sophista, 263, E. The same thought is more fully presented in the Thesetetus, 189, E. 190, A.