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To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,creeps in this petty pace from day to day,to the last syllable of recorded time;and all our yesterdays have lighted foolsthe way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,that struts and frets his hour upon the stage,and then is heard no more. It is a taletold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,signifying nothing.
It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, "and this too, shall pass away." how much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!
The mistake made by all previous systems of ethics has been the failure to recognize that life as such is the mysterious value with which they have to deal. All spiritual life meets us within natural life. Reverence for life, therefore, is applied to natural life and spiritual life alike. In the parable of jesus, the shepherd saves not merely the soul of the lost sheep but the whole animal. The stronger the reverence for natural life, the stronger grows also that for spiritual life.