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Literature a Pillar of Strength
			
148                CHURCH REVIEW.

been doubly honored to-day. It is true she had her
scholars, her philosophers and her authors who in-
fluenced the people by their writings.
  The period during which she flourished and main-
tained material happiness was that giving the greatest
encouragement to art and letters. As long as her gov-
ernment was based on this pillar it stood firm and rose
higher and higher and grew broader and broader. As
soon as this was forsaken the kingdom tottered and
her fame perished.
   Before the Babylonians could recognize any perma-
nent growth and development of their interests, or even
any genuine patriotism and love among their subjects,
they had to turn their attention to the encouragement of
literary pursuits. 'Twas not enough that they had
schools, and that a certain amount of education must
be obtained  by every Babylonian; the ideas, the
thoughts, the writings, the teachings of others before
them were not sufficient, and the decree went out that
they themselves must become a productive people.
They founded libraries, and stocked them with their
best productions; they contributed their best in every
branch of learning known at that time, historical
and mythological documents, religious compositions,
legal, astronomical and astrological treatises--and not
content with these they soared out into the realms of
magic divinations, poems, fables and proverbs. They
soon saw the influence of letters, and recognized them
as pillars of strength on which to build. As soon as
born, they "sealed their children with the seal of son-
ship," and began providing for that education that
would fit them especially for tablet writing, in order
that their own history, their own literature might be
preserved. By following in the wake of this spirit,
she reached the zenith of her glory; when she turned
away from this she paved the way for her decline. She




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 10, Num. 1

Literature a Pillar of Strength

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Volume:  10
Issue Number:  01
Page Number:  146
Date:  07/1893


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