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and we with them, in one ever-never-ending procession, but unless we are hideously mocked by these and other indications, "imperishable monuments," " immortal deeds " and " love stronger than death," the human spirit will survive to develop all that centres around it of faith and hope and love, which abide in those infinite corridors of eternity where we shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint
It* is not so much our own individual suffering, as the great Welt-schmerz in our hearts, which constrains us to believe that there must be, for the sin-stained and the sad, especially for the many who have been the unhappy victims on earth of foul or incalculable wrong, an Eternal Refuge of Peace and Rest, a "Strength and Stay upholding all," from the Everlasting Arms of Love and Mercy. Surely somewhere, somehow, somewhen a Desdemona will be able to look an Othello in the face and know that he knew, as he did, alas, too late, how incapable of wrong she was. Moreover, if human dust can reappear in blade of grass and graceful flower, shall not human affection and intellect also show themselves again, yes, in some such mannerafor is not this the principle underlying the old dogma of "the resurrection of the body?"a that " the old love will look out from the old faces? "
Communion in spirit ? Forgive me, But I who am earthy and weak, Would gi\e all my incomes from dreamland For the touch of her hand on my cheek.
* For the thought of what follows I am largely indebted to Tht Immortal Hope, by J. W. Chad wick.* For the thought of what follows I am largely indebted to Tht Immortal Hope, by J. W. Chad wick.