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principles, we shall yet achieve a sublime destiny. Let pious patriotism take down her suspended and silent harp, and on this day of public congratulation, cheer the world with the melody of strains.* Let God be praised from land to land, and from sea to

Let the song rise and swell, waxing louder and sweeter till it be lost in that great hymn chanted in the abodes of light.

Thus, my brethren, have I endeavored to set the past and present aspects of our country, in contrast before you. We have seen that progress has been made, in the physical, the political, the educational, and religious condition of our country; that we have been borne as on eagle's wings; that our land is full of in. terest and encouragement, to the nations struggling for freedom and light. But it may be asked; is not this strain of congratulation ill-timed? Are not the hopes of the world wrapped in gloom? Has not the past year been one of reaction and discouragement ? True, France bas disappointed the hopes of freemen. Italy has struggled in vain; yet not in vain. Rome has fallen, and the Pope, like a vulture, awaits the last struggle of the victim, to gorge himself on the remains of the child of republicanism. Hungary, alas for her; she has fallen a prey to the Northern Bear and the eagles of Hapsburgh. Germany awakes from the dream of unity to find herself in the perfidious hands of Frederick Wil. liam and Joseph. The pall of death seems to have settled down again on Europe, and the voice of freedom seems hushed to silence. This, however, is a partial and limited view. It leaves out of sight the purpose of God and the power of that Spirit which is abroad among the nations of the earth. The giant Liberty is not dead, but only slumbers to recruit his energies for a more vigorous and successful effort.

Let evangelical light and truth be diffused : Let the Protestant principle work like leaven among the masses of the people. Let this be done and a foundation well laid, on which, popular rights and free institutions may stand forever. Until it is done, the

upheavings of society and the throes of humanity will be, like the tossing fires of a volcano, to fall back again into the crater of passion and crime, or to overflow with the burning lava only to devastate and destroy. While then, we review the past, let us be prepared to meet the exigencies of the present, and anticipate a glorious future all radiant with the light of prophecy, and glowing with the full and finished purposes of Him," who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will, and to whom, the kingdoms of this world are given in covenant as the reward of his sufferings, and the trophies of his victory.”

* Thanksgiving Day.

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A MERICAN

NATIONAL PREACHER.

А

REPOSITORY OF ORIGINAL SERMONS,

FROM

LIVING MINISTERS OF THE UNITED STATES.

EDITED BY REV. F. C. WOODWORTH.

NEW YORK:

PUBLISHED BY D. AUSTIN WOODWORTH.

LONDON:
JOHN WILEY, 13 PATERNOSTER ROW.

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principles, we shall yet achieve a sublime destiny. Let pious patriotism take down her suspended and silent harp, and on this day of public congratulation, cheer the world with the melody of strains.* Let God be praised from land to land, and from sea to

Let the song rise and swell, waxing louder and sweeter till it be lost in that great hymn chanted in the abodes of light.

Thus, my brethren, have I endeavored to set the past and present aspects of our country, in contrast before you. We have seen that progress has been made, in the physical, the political, the educational, and religious condition of our country; that we have been borne as on eagle's wings; that our land is full of in. terest and encouragement, to the nations struggling for freedom and light. But it may be asked; is not this strain of congratulation ill-timed? Are not the hopes of the world wrapped in gloom? Has not the past year been one of reaction and discouragement ? True, France bas disappointed the hopes of freemen. Italy has struggled in vain; yet not in vain. Rome has fallen, and the Pope, like a vulture, awaits the last struggle of the victim, to gorge himself on the remains of the child of republicanism. Hungary, alas for her; she has fallen a prey to the Northern Bear and the eagles of Hapsburgh. Germany awakes from the dream of unity to find herself in the perfidious hands of Frederick Wil. liam and Joseph. The pall of death seems to have settled down again on Europe, and the voice of freedom seems hushed to silence. This, however, is a partial and limited view. It leaves out of sight the purpose of God and the power of that Spirit which is abroad among the nations of the earth. The giant Liberty is not dead, but only slumbers to recruit his energies for a more vigorous and successful effort.

Let evangelical light and truth be diffused : Let the Protestant principle work like leaven among the masses of the people. Let this be done and a foundation well laid, on which, popular rights and free institutions may stand forever. Until it is done, the upheavings of society and the throes of humanity will be, like the tossing fires of a volcano, to fall back again into the crater of passion and crime, or to overflow with the burning lava only to devastate and destroy. While then, we review the past, let us be prepared to meet the exigencies of the present, and anticipate a glorious future all radiant with the light of prophecy, and glowing with the full and finished purposes of Him," who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will, and to whom, the king. doms of this world are given in covenant as the reward of his sufferings, and the trophies of his victory.”

* Thanksgiving Day.

A M E R I CAN

NATIONAL PREACHER.

А

REPOSITORY OF ORIGINAL SERMONS,

FROM

LIVING MINISTERS OF THE UNITED STATES.

EDITED BY REV. F. C. WOODWORTH.

NEW YORK:
PUBLISHED BY D. AUSTIN WOOD WORTH.

LONDON:
JOHN WILEY, 13 PATERNOSTER ROW.

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1906

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