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The Worm Ouroboros

E. R. Eddison

Theory of Colours

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman

Mortal Coils

Aldous Huxley


by Augustus J. Thébaud


Domini e*l Terra et plenitudo ejus.—Pe. xx'li.

What can be the object of our globa as it is fashioned \ How is it adapted to human society? Was it made originally for one universal race, having but one religion—or the reyerse? How did the actual obstacles to the primitive plan originate'. What must have been, therefore, the first state of society and religion on its surface? And, finally, how does revelation agree with reason and history on the subject? These are the momentous questions we propose to ourselves on the very threshold of our investigations. We do not intend to treat them exprqfexso hi this first chapter. But in it we shall confine ourselves to throwing out in broad outline, by way of assertion, the several propositions which the remainder of the work will be devoted to establishing. The rest of the work will afterwards fill up and corroborate what we have sketched in advance, and make it, we hope, clear and evident. ^

Our chief object is to show that man really came from heaven, and did not receive his being from the development of an infe rior species. And a few preparatory observations will not be misplaced on the relations which God established originally between Himself and the inhabitants of our globe, after the fall,


to prepare them for the fulness of redemption and the bonds of a higher uniformity.

The configuration of the globe, the unity of the human race, the same language for all, the same primitive traditions given to all, would seem to indicate that the intention of Providence was to keep them united, and chiefly under the control of the same worship. This was to be the form of universality in the patriarchal period, or rather until the Saviour should appear and call all mankind to Himself—cum cxultatus fuero, omnia traham ad meipmm.

This plan of God was frustrated at the dispersion of nations. Henceforth, we say, the ocean, the large rivers, the chains of high mountains, and the deserts spread here and there over the globe, became obstacles to intercourse, owing to the social breaking up which then took place. And thus, the configuration of the globe, instead of facilitating universal communication among men, was turned into a hindrance, or rather into an almost insurmountable barrier. The primitive language was replaced by a large number of idioms, many of which had scarcely any roots in common. To the unity of origin and of species succeeded the diversity of races, a source of untold division. Finally, the primitive traditions were soon obscured, and were, at length, disfigured by the grotesque mythologies and absurd philosophies which then became prevalent to such an extent, that only the faintest traces of them could be detected in the mass of gross inventions which had buried them out of sight, and those only here and there. Thus, what we may call Patriarchal Catholicity, disappeared; chiefly owing tq a complete want of a central authority, for direction and counsel even, which the existence of the Synagogue among the Jews was not intended to furnish. Such are our preliminary assertions.

But we must go a little more into detail before we advance beyond our preparatory observations.


And first, What does our globe itself tell as of its own conformation, and how does the revealed Word of God explain its object?

"There are men of our generation," says a sagacious writer in the Dublin Review (July, 1873, page 67), "for whom this world is only one of innumerable planets, careering through space without any particular object; while its inhabitants are, more or less, intelligent animals, who know neither whence they come nor whither they are going."

In spite of all the discoveries in modern science, it may be said, that the number of such men as these increases every day; and we are fast going back to the period anterior to Christianity, when the most important problems of human destiny, often agitated by philosophers, had not yet reached the first rational solution. Our globe is now much better known physically; vet the moral ignorance of some learned men is as great as ever, with respect both to man himself and to his dwelling religiously considered. It is true, this is considered by them as out of the pale of science, but is it so really?

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