Excerpt from The Flower Garden, or Chapters on Flowers: A Sequel to Floral Biography
This habit may be unconsciously acquired while life itself is but a gay garden of sweets, and the secret language of inexperienced confidence is, I shall see no sorrow but it needs somewhat m... ore than a sip of the hitters mingled for God's children in this mor tal state to excite a relish for the mysterious sweetness thus reserved to qualify the unpalatable draught. God has given us richly all things to enjoy: the worldling may possess, but the Christian alone can enjoy these gifts. And as through the merely me chanical arrangement of types and paper, ink and pasteboard, into certain forms, a book is produced which shall contain a correct transcript of the reveal ed Word, and become, under divine operation, the means of bringing life eternal within the grasp of its readers, so on many an inanimate Object, formed, like our. Selves, from the element of earth, a blessing is made to rest, - a name is written, which no man can know save he that receiveth it as a gift from God.
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