The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 197
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Stephen F. Austin: A Memorial Address 197
It is not given us to know what the Great Power behind all
visible phenomena did with the soul when it left its final casket;
we can only hope that it found a better home. Earth and sky,
the voices of nature, its harmonics and beauties, all proclaim that
God is good, and that He did not plant this universal hope for
immortality through tantalizing caprice. Hie who provides food
for the hungry body, will somewhere, somehow, at some time satisfy
the soul that hungers after immortality. If this hope is a vain
dream, and the spirit of man is annihilated by death, like the
flame of a candle blown out, then life is a tragedy so full of di-
appointment that he who dreads to die should fear to live. No !
No ! If the revolving wheel of time and change destroys no atom
in all this world, how can the quick spirit of man, which is king
over all, perish? Never. The strong and subtle energies of the
soul will find full development beyond this transitory existence,
and amid the prophetic splendors of an eternal dawn.
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