Excerpt from The Pro and Con of Universalism: Both as to Its Doctrines and Moral Bearings; In a Series of Original Articles
A road, you perceive, runs lengthwise through the vale, along which many neat habitations are sprinkled; and about midway there arises the steeple of a modest and tasteful house of worship; on its vane at this moment the sun's setting beams are reposing a more fitting emblem of the mild and cheering character of the doctrines dispensed within that temple, could not well be ima gined - doctrines adapted to shed on the spirit's parting hour the light of an immoveable trust in heaven.
But the brightest feature in this lovely landscape is yet. Unmarked cast your eye, reader, toward the foot of yonder western barrier; there rolls a river, so exquisitely pure and placid, that it resembles a burnished mirror; it is, however, partially hidden from our view by the elms and sycamores which fringe its margin, and immedi ately opposite to us its channel is divided by an island. How soft and verdant! The muses, and the graces, yea, and goddesses too, might be Well content with grottoes on 'that green and quiet spot. I fancy that, of a calm evening, we might hear at this dis tance - perhaps we might - the murmuring of the stream where it is broken by the upper point of the island; and then, in addition to this exhibition of Nature's taste in penciling, we should have a pretty specimen of her skill in music.
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