Saviour, pledged to them when they consented to be 420 THE PROMISE AND ASSURANCE his friends, amounts to something. They are not out side, but inside a commonwealth, or fold, which has defences, foundations, immunities. Over it is a Guar dian who is not a covenant-breaker, a Shepherd that is a King. No man is able to pluck them out of his hand. Say nothing of that deep experience which is the only competent interpreter in the case, since it brings with it a new organ of discernment ; who of us, even by the common knowledge of common things, does not see that a new and invigorating character must be given to the whole action of the religious life, when this conviction about it is established as a living habit in the soul ? Take first the moods of religious dissatisfaction. These are various in their occasions, various in form, color, and degree, according to .individual temperament and situation. They range over the whole scale of man s marvellous sensibility to doubt, to fear, to pal pable accusings of conscience and nameless depressions.