Excerpt from The Traveller's Report, or Abroad and at Home: A Sermon Preached in the West Church, Boston, on Sunday, Nov. 19, 1854
But now wherefore is all this? What does it sig nify, that our greatest discovery in all the world, of worth and grandeur, should be precisely of that which was most familiar to us; nay, of what we left behind us when we departed, and fancied perhaps we were tired of staying in; that we should discover, not so much foreign cities, with' lakes and forests and mountains, as our own homes, our kindred and acquaint auces and friends, all rising to us in a new light of intenser meaning; nothing he so novel, exciting, attrac tive, absorbing to the attention and curiosity of our whole mind and heart, as precisely what was most common and habitual in our experience; and no voyager, as he discerns yet untrodden islands or plants his ﬂag on unclaimed continents, sensible of an ecstasy like that with which we see our ancient birth right? Oh, veritable and sublime revelation from heaven ln the social nature of man! Oh, old and new, customary yet unpenetrated, superficial and fathom less, mystery of human life! Oh, strange and not understood source of joy and sorrow in the great deep of the human breast! Oh, marvellous creative power of God, that can sink in the most ordinary realities and feelings of our existence a spring whose fulness all the other wells of nature cannot equal, whose freshness all the heat and dust and trample of years cannot crust over or quench!
What is this singular quality of our constitution, to fix the brand of discontent upon the most alluring prodigies, and put the kindling of desire into the trite circumstances of our lives? It is none other than the simple heart and moral nature of man, which no travelling for pleasure and recreation, the world over.
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