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Literature a Pillar of Strength
			
156                CHURCH REVIEW.

Socrates and  Plato.  The  pillars on  which  Italy
mounted her literary greatness are but the monuments
to her Dante, Petrarch, Sarpi and Galileo.
  Germany opened the eyes of Europe with the pro-
ductions of her Kant, Schelling, Goethe and Schiller;
aroused principalities and made thrones tremble with
the thunder and songs of her Luther and Von Hutten
enchants, inspires and still charms the world with her
Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. England
still speaks through her Shakespeare, Milton, Bunyan,
Bacon, Newton, Burke and Gladstone. American
literature still resounds with the voice and sentiment
of her Edwards, Channing, Irving, Longfellow, Whit-
tier, Hawthorne and Bancroft.
  These are some of the characters that have shone in
history as literary lights, guiding the world on in its
dark pilgrimage; these are the pillars that stand as
monuments of greatness that will never perish; these
are the men who have left those records, those books
that Carlyle speaks of as containing "the soul of the
whole past, the articulate, audible voices that will speak
out when material substances shall have vanished like
a dream." These are the messengers of hope, joy and
inspiration to nations, races and families.
  From the germs of thought emanating from these
master minds have grown and flourished the popular
system of our universities and colleges, from which
have come, and must yet come, the scholars, the
thinkers, the writers, who are to perpetuate literature
and make it truly a "continuous revelation." In
this connection I deem it fitting to propound the
question as to how soon shall we form a genuine, last-
ing, worthy part of this work? How soon shall we lay
a foundation deep and broad, and rear thereon our
monument of literary fame?  I believe one of the
strongest elements of success, as pertaining to the




			
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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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