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1 Cor. xiii. 12.

Now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face :

now I know in part, but then shall I know even as I am known.

When any, after long blindness, have been restored to sight by surgical skill, it has always been thought advisable, and necessary, to prevent the light of the sun from striking too soon on the newly opened sense ; and to keep the patient many days in a dark or shaded chamber, till, by slow degrees, and a cautious disclosure, his eyes have received sufficient strength to sustain without danger the full brightness of noon.

Thus it is, that all the truths, which the Almighty has thought fit to reveal to His creatures, have been shrouded at first in mystery, or prophecy; and that He gradually inured our minds to wonder and miracle, before

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