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Page 16 text:
16 THE IGNATIAN
Satan rolling on a fiery gulf recovers from his stupor,
confounded though immortal. With head uplifted above the
wave and eyes that sparkling shine, he views the dismal
situation waste and wild: a dungeon horrible, on all Sides
round as one great furnace fiamesg yet from those flames
no light, but rather a visible darkness serves only to dis-
cover sights of woe, regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where
peace and rest and hope can never dwell. How unlike the
place from whence he fell! Then with expanded wings he
steers his Hight, incumbent on the dusky air, till he rests on
the dry land that burns with solid fire. He muses: "Is this
the place that we must change for Heaven? This mournful
gloom for that celestial light? Farewell, happy fields, where
joy forever dwells! Hail, horrors! Hail, infemal world!
Receive thy new possessor, one who brings a mind not to
be changed by time or place, a mind that can make a
heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."
On the beach of that iiaming sea he stands and calls his
legions, angel forms, who lie there dazed, thick as auturnnal
leaves that strew the brooks. In spite of fierce pains the
stunned angels rolling in the flood with scattered arms and
ensigns obey their general's voice. In double rank they stand
about him trusting even yet in his courage. He above the
rest in shape and gesture, proudly eminent stands like a
tower. Deep scars of thunder have intrenched his face.
Care sits on his faded cheek, but under brows of dauntless
courage. His unutterable agony is subdued by the energy
of his soul. His will triumphs over the most terrible ele-
ments of nature. His courage is made visible by the racking
pains which itoverpowers. The all-enduring, all-defying
courage of Satan inspires his legions with confidence. Hell
yields to the spirit which it imprisons. By his strategy the
gates of hell are openedg the war against heaven is renewed:
the work of the Creator is undone on earth, and the happi-
ness of the human race is blasted.
Page 15 text:
THE GLAMOUR OF WAR 15
But be it always remembered that within the narrow lim-
its of this paper we cannot touch upon the hundreds of
smaller works. Nay, more, lest we exceed the limits as-
signed us, we shall delay no longer on the masterpieces of
other languages, but shall come to those of our own tongue.
Were we to look for war literature of excelling worth
in the English tongue, we should have no difficulty in finding
it. Shakespeare revels in the clash of arms. But for the
sake of sublimity let us choose Milton. His gloriiication of
war and of a war hero, though it is hardly Christian, is yet
Let us fly with Milton on the wings of imagination
through boundless space to the battlements of Heaven, to
the realms of eternal peace and harmony. On this day the
grand monotony of Heaven is disturbed. By imperial com-
mand angelic hosts from all the ends of heaven assemble
innumerably before the throne of God. He himself gives
forth a decree: "Here is my Son, Who in ages yet to come
will assume a lowly form. Him I appoint as your head.
Let every knee in Heaven bow to Himf' Satan quickly
moves among his friends and says: "Shall we leave aside all
noble deeds to cringe before the Messiah's throne and hymn
His everlasting praise? We are princes, not slaves. We are
unused to the yoke. Yet soon we shall be forced to draw
with servile strength His chariot through the star-paved
road of Heaven." With the battle-cry, "We are not slaves,"
one-third of the countless hosts rebel. All day long the noise
of battle rolled. At last the Messiah armed with ten thou-
sand thunders rides forth in His chariot of power. Right
on He drives through the rebel ranks trampling them into
one indiscriminate flock. Underneath their feet the founda-
tions of Heaven open wide disclosing a spacious gap into
the dark abyss. Headlong they fling themselves down, eternal
wrath burning after them, and driving them down, down
through chaos, down to the place prepared for them.
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THE GIJUIOUR OF WAR 17
War is terribleg yet there is a thrill, there is a glamour.
Why? WVe find more than one cause of the enthusiasm pro-
duced by war. It means manhood, unflinching courage in
the midst of horrible sufferings. It means selflessness, for
no warrior true to his profession will give a thought to his
own petty interests. It means sacrifice, and sacrifice means
love for others. These noble qualities always excite admira-
tion in every breast. The great cause, however, underlying
the enthusiasm is no doubt the justice, the righteousness, for
which a nation fights. Take, for example, our present situa-
tion. The world knows that the United States did not pro-
voke war, but sought peace, and spared no efforts to secure
it, and to end the disastrous conflict which threatens to
destroy all traces of Christian civilization in the countries
of Europe. But the 'honor of the United States was attacked,
her dignity assailed and her power defied. What then could
this nation do but raise the Hag and say: "Whoever refuses
respect to this Hag, whether it be an individual or an empire,
shall be punishedu?
Columbia may justly say to her army and navy, the flower
of American manhood: "I, your mother, have tried to up-
hold the compact of the nations, and have been derided.
I have tried to help my, citizens transacting peaceful business
in other lands, and they have been constantly endangered.
I have tried to feed the starving babes of other nations, and
my own have been ruthlessly sent to the depths of the ocean.
Take then, my flag, carry it far and wide without stain or
reproach, make heroic sacrifices in its defense. In defending
this flag you defend the grand and noble things for which
it stands, liberty and order, and order in liberty. No sacri-
fice is too great for such a cause. When the war will be
over, let those of you who will survive, return to my shores,
bearing the Star Spangled Banner, not stained in ignominious
defeat, but made brighter with the new victories of universal
freedom and righteousness and justice."
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