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The Rising Faith

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Pages: 204

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Excerpt from book: III. THE SECRET POWER. IpKEE speech has limits other than those of human -L law. We may be true in not telling, and false in having told what we thought. Ole Bull, with an artist's knowledge of his sensitive class, said we must see and not speak: and the voluble people, who profess so loudly their virtue of being plain and blunt, might learn from the taciturnity of nature and God. Our phrase, the secret of power, is dictated by our experience and instinct how, from a certain concealment and darkness, all achievement comes forth, as a seed cannot show what is in it till it is buried in the ground. Goethe nursed his literary conceptions out of sight: and a great preacher said he never told his text but the devil stole it. The Jesuits' doctrine of reserve, however falsely held, had a color in the counsel of Jesus not to cast pearls before swine : and when Hamlet complains of being " too much in the sun," he hints what a wholesome emblem of privacy night is for the mind. The conscious salutariness of retirement made Fenelon say, / desire to be unknown: and John Howard wanted no monument. In proportion as we deal with reality we heed not the shadow of reputation, and are deaf to the trumpet of fame: and to be blazed with fashion, a woman of society, a man of the world, a thorough-paced politician, or, as a Fayal Romanist, who saw through his own canonicals, said he was, a priest by trade, comes of that publicity where springs no fount of inspiration and falls no dew of grace. In the very search for pleasuie and a fine figure on the earth the charm of life has gone. We have pulled the world to pieces as a child does its toy : there is no more attraction : the cup that was foam is dregs. Therefore a great affliction, driving us from the surface, is not only always a blessing, as th...  

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