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THE

SEA LIONS;

OR,

THE LOST SEALERS.

BY JÓ FENIMORE COOPER.

Daughter of Faith, awake, arise, illume
The dread unknown, the chaos of the tomb;
Melt, and dispel, ye spectre doubts that roll
Cimmerian darkness o'er the parting soul!

Campbell,

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

NEW EDITION.

NEW YORK:
STRINGER AND TOWNSEND.

1852

Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1849, by

J. FENIMORE COOPER, in the clerk's office of the District Court for the Northern District

of New York.

sur's. Barbour 3.-27-26

PREFACE.

If any thing connected with the hardness of the human heart could surprise us, it surely would be the indifference with which men live on, engrossed by their worldly objects, amid the sublime natural phenomena that so eloquently and unceasingly speak to their imaginations, affections, and judgments. So completely is the existence of the individual concentrated in self, and so regardless does he get to be of all without that contracted circle, that it does not probably happen to one man in ten, that his thoughts are drawn aside from this intense study of his own immediate wants, wishes, and plans, even once in the twenty-four hours, to contemplate the majesty, mercy, truth, and justice, of, the Divine Being that has set him, as an atom, amid the myriads of the hosts of heaven and earth.

The physical marvels of the universe produce little more reflection than the profoundest moral truths. A million of eyes shall pass over the firmament, on a cloudless night, and not a hundred minds shall be filled with a proper sense of the power of the dread Being that created all that is there—not a hundred hearts glow with the adoration that such an appeal to the senses and understanding ought naturally to produce. This indifference, in a great measure, comes of familiarity; the things that we so constantly have before

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