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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...manufacture, commerce,
railroads, telegraphs, mines, finance, politics, --and God seemed
to be shut out of all hearts and plans and enterprises. I saw
politicians plotting, factions raging, corruption reeking, and
nowhere any very clear traces of conscience and religion. I saw
gigantic frauds and abominable vices coming to light without
greatly shocking the general conscience. I saw many of the
intellectual classes turning away from the faith of their fathers,
not a few plunging into the bottomless pit of atheism. The world
overflowed everything, engulfed everything. Earth seemed a Babel,
in which ah infinite hubbub of profane, blasphemous voices drowned
the still small voice of God, and of his eternal truth. Amidst the
roar of secular and godless excitements, I could scarcely hear the
prayers of God's elect, sounding like many waters, deep calling
unto deep, round about his throne. So I once sat for hours on the
brink of Niagara, my ears filled with the tearing, fretful noises
of the nearer, superficial rapids, and it was long ere I heard the
deep, muffled thunders of the infinite floods, the voice of
omnipotence and eternity. The Church seemed to me neither more nor
less zealous and spiritual than in former years. The number of
nominal Christians was indeed greater than ever, and there were
many signs of outward prosperity, but, so far as I could see, not
more holiness, or longing for holiness, than there has been for
generations. Such is a truthful report of my first observation. I
saw what I had eyes for seeing, --no more. I have sometimes, soon
after the setting of the sun, raised my eyes to the sky, looking
for the punctual stars which, I knew, must have become visible; but
I coisd see nothing except the golden glow of twilight....
|Country of origin:
National Council of the States
||246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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