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have it, although Saturn is probably much more ready to develop organised life than Jupiter is. The earth upon which we live represents maturity. Here vegetable and animal life can and do flourish. It is Mature, in its prime, as perchance Mars is too. But the moon represents the coldness and stillness of death. Its prime is past and gone, never to return. And our earth, which was once in the infantine stage Af the sun, is slowly cooling, and must some day be ln the same lifeless condition as the moon. And of all that has appeared in this wonderful system, so far as We can judge, there is nothing higher than Man (Ar what will correspond to man in similar conditions) who has
A spirit nobler in its cause and end? Lovelier in order, greater in its powers Than all those swift and bright immensities Which wheel above him in the starry vault.
spirit on the mundane plane is the final outcome, or ^ncomitant, of evolution. Material or physical evolution, while still going on, has been succeeded by Cental evolution, also still going on, but the highest, Neatest, latest arrival in this wondrous order, is spiritual evolution. Faint and evanescent, frequently scarcely recognisable, say in a head-hunting phinhwan of Formosa, it is yet there, and its destiny ls mdeed glorious beyond all power of imagination.
The years are slow, the vision tarrieth long, And far the end may be ;
But, one by one, the ancient fiends of wrong Go forth and leave earth free.But, one by one, the ancient fiends of wrong Go forth and leave earth free.