The Oriental Herald Volume 7

The Oriental Herald Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...the members of it, than can accrue from adhering to the Musulman. The friends of Greece in France, such as Chateaubriand, Benjamin Constant, and the societies of which they are the ornaments; these gentlemen, we say, appear to hope something from religious enthusiasm, for they dwell with animation on the Christianity of the Greeks. We are entirely ignorant of what these appeals to the pious fervour of mankind may effect in France, but we fear they would not value a.straw ion this side of the Channel. As far as our experience goes, we can soleianjy affirm we have never known a single individual that sympathized with the Greeks because they were Christians, but because thev were Greeks, the originators of liberty, and science, and art, and all that raises man above the beast of the field. We cannot tell whether this may be considered creditable to our countrymen or not, but we vouch for its truth, as far, as we said before, as our experience has been extended., it appears, therefore, that in selecting topics for kindling an enthusiasm for Greece, French and English writers will have to make a very different choice: the Cross will effect most in France, and the Parthenon in Ejigland. Our love of Hellas is of an older date than that of the French; its battles, its muses, its freedom, are deeply engraven on our hearts; these are what awaken our sympathy. We have loved the ground from our cradles, because it was once trodden by Socrates and Sophocles. The very name of Athens is like a talisman, and calls up before our fancy a people of heroes and sages, --a people who basked in the sunshine of freedom, and reflected back to heaven its rays, rendered more sacred and beautiful from having fallen on a thousand forms of virtue and beauty. There is no more

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  • English
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  • 9781236599179