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Literature a Pillar of Strength
			
154                CHURCH REVIEW.

ture to raise its head, the souls of a few characters
were all aglow with a fire that could not be quenched.
Men like Rousseau, and women like Madame DeStael,
could not be silenced. In touch and sympathy with
each other, they breathed the inspiration from without
and never tired, never quailed, until they brought
France to see the advantages to be derived from the
study of such literature as stirred the life of Germany
and England.
   We are still living in the age of literary glory for
England and America. With one it seems to have just
ripened into maturity, while with the other it is just
dawning upon us with the promise of a splendid era.
The first productions of the English schools are still
sought with eagerness, and the principles set forth are
awakening a greater love for peace and less ambition
for conquest. America's greatness is already measured
more by the ability of her statesmen and the profound
thought, the sublimity, grandeur and purity of her
scholars, than by the number of her cities or the
strength of her army. And the general verdict is that
a country, a nation, a people, without a high standard
of literature, is yet void of one of the strongest pillars
on which to build a character.
  But it must not be forgotten that the very fact of
any nation or people laying claim to literarv distinc-
tion, carries with it the production and support of
literary men. Literature is not a product of the
soil; it does not drop from the clouds in showers copi-
ous and free; it does not spring up as a mushroom in
a single night. It comes from the region of fertile
brain; it comes as the result of careful cultivation, of
long years of study, of days of toil, nights of restless
anxiety; of hours of constant and faithful research, as
the rich, ripe and ready fruit of developed seed planted
in the mind and nature of man by the hand of God
Himself.




			
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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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