It occurred to me last week, that perhaps we might profitably dwell on the Three Gardens, which are mentioned in the Scriptures, and which are so intimately connected with the destiny of the race; and, in accordance with this general purpose, I have selected the Garden of Eden for some remarks, this morning.
I do not suppose that there is any one whose privilege it has been to be brought up in the country, or in a city, not so much crowded as to crowd out the garden, by whom the garden is not esteemed as one of the choicest recollections which childhood carries with it, all through life - to its latest day. There is a difference between a garden and a field. A field is a place to work, and you never associate anything else with it; but while the garden is a place for work, it is also a place for play. It has not only its fruit trees, but it has also its flowers. It has that which makes it pleasant to the eye, it is a place of shade, it is a place of fragrance, it is a pleasure ground, and it always presupposes that there are human beings about, not only to take care of it, but also to enjoy it. You never associate gardens with animals or wild beasts, but the garden is the special adjunct of man, as lord of the manor.
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