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Excerpt from The Stay and the Staff Taken Away: A Sermon Preached at the Church in Brattle Square
We behold a vast multitude whom no man can num ber. Their voice is like the sound of many waters. Their movement like the deep roll of mighty thunder ings. They are perpetually changing, yet forever the same. The race faints not amid the ruin of its members. Death is continually striking, but his blows make no per manent blanks, leave no lasting tokens of bereavement in society. As individuals the people are dust, as a body they are lasting as time. By the commingling of youth with age, a perpetual infusion of new life preserves the vitality, the even temperature, and the cheerfulness of society. As the human frame is constantly changing its particles but preserving its identity by something not subject to the laws of matter, so society is constantly changing its members, but preserving its identity. It is another, and yet the same.
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