virtue can never be impaired. " Of law " — such is Hook- er's thoughtful and noble language — "there can be no less acknowledged than that her seat is in the bosom of God; her voice the harmony of the world; all things in heaven and earth do her homage, the very least as feeling her care, and the greatest as not exempt from her power; both angels and creatures of what condition soever, tho' each in different sort and manner, admiring her as the mother of peace and joy." ow as the true glory of all intelligent beings is obe- dience to law — self-restraint, and not the freedom some speak of, (for what liberty has an angel but that of doing God's will ?) — and as the law of the Lord is perfect, man's highest dignity, as his only happiness, must be in con- formity to the law. But humanity is fallen. Our nature, once spiritual, is now degenerated and degraded. "The flesh " — that is, our corrupt passions — has enslaved the soul ; and thus the law — though admirably efficient to regulate anu uphold unfallen beings — is enfeebled of its capacity when addressing itself to the. children of earth. The most prolific seed will be fruitless if sown in ashes; the grain is vigorous in itself, but it is weak through the soil. The most wholesome food Avill impart no nourish- ment if received into a system unfitted to digest it; the diet is nutritious, but it is weak through the diseased or- ganism. The tube may be perfect, and the light perfect, and the artist a master of his science; but if the plate be not prepared, the daguerreotypist can obtain no pic- ture. The instrument is not deficient in itself, it is de- feated by the object upon which it would trace its images. In short, Phidias himself may hold the chisel; but what can he do if, instead of the Parian marble from which he may disclose the warm breathing statue, he works upon a lump of dirt that crumbles at every touch ? He is weak, dishonored, his consummate skill and exquisite concep- tions are reduced to utter mockery by the materials which he seeks to fashion.