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324                   CHURCH REVIEW.

of knowledge and general intelligence, his knowledge, by in-
ebriation, is reduced to the circumscribed limits of an idiot.
Though his giant mind was able to grasp the most profound
subjects, and reason upon them with the most philosophical ac:
curacy, intemperance paralyzes these noble powers, and leaves
its poor, degraded victim, at best, but the mere wreck or shad-
dow of his former self.
  Had he the reputation of a man of sound judgment in matters
of either church or state, intemperance has blasted it all, and
left the miserable wretch without either public or private con-
fidence. Alas! how changed; intemperance has played the fool
with his understanding, and left him the object of commisera-
tion to the wise and good, and of jesting and ridicule to the
rude sons of folly and vice.
  How often are its effects such upon the human body, in relax,-
ing and paralyzing his muscular powers? That noble edifice,
designed to be the habitation of an immortal soul and the dwell-..
ing of the Deity,is thrown from its erect posture to a level
with the meanest brutes of the earth. At the feet of this gi-
gantic monster, lay, in a promiscuous mass of ruins, the acute
philosopher, the able statesman, the useful physician, the gen-
tleman of the bar, and, we regret to say, sometimes the learned
and otherwise useful and able divine. These, together with a
mixed multitude of rich and poor, high and low, black and
white, male and female, have all been offered in sacrifice to
Bacchus, while around his altar, yet smoking with ten thousand.
victims, the friends of God, of humanity, and of their country, 
stand in silent grief or break forth into strong cries and tears,
saying: "Spare thy people, O Lord! nor give thy heritage to re
proach." Whether, then, we view intemperance in its imme-
diate effects on the intellectual or physical system of man, or
in the general character which it stamps upon him, the truth of:
the proposition is abundantly sustained. Intemperance de-
grades and mocks human nature; it assimilates its victim into
its own image and likeness; constitutes him a mocker, and
renders him the object of derision and sport to the rude 
  Second, "Strong drink is raging-intemperance is inflamma-
tory in its effects." This proposition is fully sustaineds
whether it be laid down in relation to the body or the mind of
man.  By intemperance I would not only understand the use of
ardent spirits to entire intoxication, but also the free and
habitual use of it, where no such immediate effects follow. I
consider every stage of intemperance, from the commencement
of temperate drinkers to the habit of intoxication, only as so
many types of the same dreadful moral disease, wherever I
prevails. In the human system, the utmost order, harmony
and dependency of parts is observable, and it is equally 
parent that this order must be preserved, or the most alarming
symptoms will appear and the most fatal consequences follow
But we have the testimony of some of the ablest medical write
that the free and habitual use of ardent spirits is directly ca


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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 06, Num. 3

Temperance Talk


Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Page Number:  322
Date:  01/1890


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