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PATRIOTISM AND CHRISTIANITY.

possible that it should not be accomplished as that a lifeless, decaying tree should not fall, and a younger takes its place.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid," said Christ. And this peace is indeed among us, and depends on us for its attainment.

If only the hearts of individuals would not be troubled by the seductions with which they are hourly seduced, nor afraid of those imaginary terrors by which they are intimidated; if people only knew wherein their chiefest, conquering power consists—a peace which men have always desired, not the peace attainable by diplomatic negotiations, imperial or kingly progresses, dinners, speeches, fortresses, cannon, dynamite, and mélinite, by the exhaustion of the people under taxes, and the abduction from labour of the flower of the population; but the peace attainable by a voluntary profession of the truth by every man, would long ago have been established.

From The Daily Chronicle.

By permission of the Editor.

 
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