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fascination of the varied themes, there has been the added strength arising from the testimonies of believers and skeptics also, as to the morality, snblimity, and matchless power of the one Book that may call the world, in all ages, its owner; since the world's oppositions, criticisms, and false statements of truths have not robbed it of even its shortest verse. More than this, it is the World's Book because of what it has done; and because it still keeps on doing that for which it has been sent-deathless like the Mind whose thoughts it records.
These lectures, written under all the pressure of an active city pastorate, may yet, even under such disadvantages, have gained some suggestions from what the multitudes are thinking; suggestions that might not have entered the solitude of the scholar undisturbed by the intense activities of the average life. The direct form of address in which these lectures were given to the audiences gathered to hear them, is preserved for their readers in this book.
What Haydn wrote as the preface to all the works of his art, is adopted as the motto of this volume upon “ The Deathless Book”: “In Nomine Domini.” — In the name of God. Whatever the imperfections of this book, these words are true of the motive that sends it forth from my study into every home that shall give it a place.
WORCESTER, Mass., Feb. 1, 1888.
tory, philosophy and religion. Compared with old-
est “remains” of nations. History of Jews only
oasis in Asiatic history; Max Müller quoted. Book
has survived the funerals of nations. The World's
THE BOOK OF CIVILIZATION.
DEATH of nations. Destruction from within. National
degeneration from national vices. Grandeur of an-
cient peoples did not save them. Degeneration
of races, universal tendency. From savage state
to civilized; or the opposite, which? Most degraded
nations have become civilized; e.g. the English.
Savages have never civilized themselves. General
belief in a lost “ Golden Age.”