Excerpt from The Church of England Pulpit, and Ecclesiastical Review, Vol. 22: July to December, 1886
But states, empires, kingdoms, and nations are not immortal. They have their rises, and their declines, and their falls. After a time, many of them go out of existence altogether; and only a few' mouldering ruins remain to Show that they have been. SO may it happen to this ancient kingdom, this great nation, this splendid empire Of ours, on which it has been said too boastfully that the sun never sets. There is no promise given that the gates of the dead world shall never close on this. Other empires, kingdoms, nations have perished. The Egypt of the Pharaohs is gone, leaving only mouldering pyramids and tem ples; and the embalmed bodies of the kings them selves are curiosities in museums - the worst in dignity that can be offered to poor mortality. The Rome of the Caesars is gone also, though the principles of their law, being founded on teternal justice, live on. And when these, and many another noble nation and empire have perished, how can we expect the England of the He'nries, and the Edwards, and the Georges, and of Victoria, to live for ever. Some nations have been destroyed by violence from outside: others by treachery from within some have perished by internal cor ruption and decay: some have been wrecked by rash pilotage: while some have committed sui cide, like human beings, long before their proper time.
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