The Life of John Sterling

The Life of John Sterling

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The Life of John Sterling

The Life of John Sterling

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'every external furtherance, it is of such internal quality as 'to set Neglect at defiance.' 'A work,' concludes the well nigh enthusiastic Reviewer, 'interesting alike to the 'antiquary, the historian, and the philosophic thinker; a mas'terpiece of boldness, lynx-eyed acuteness, and rugged inde'pendent Germanism and Philanthropy (derben Kendeutsch'heit und Menschenliebe); which will not, assuredly, pass 'current without opposition in high places; but must and 'will exalt the almost new name of Teufelsdröckh to the first 'rank of Philosophy, in our German Temple of Honour.'

Mindful of old friendship, the distinguished Professor, in this the first blaze of his fame, which however does not dazzle him, sends hither a Presentation-copy of his Book; with compliments and encomiums which modesty forbids the present Editor to rehearse; yet without indicated wish or hope of any kind, except what may be implied in the concluding phrase: Möchte es (this remarkable Treatise) auch im Brittischen Boden gedeihen!

CHAPTER II.
EDITORIAL DIFFICULTIES.

If for a speculative man, 'whose seedfield,' in the sublime words of the Poet, 'is Time,' no conquest is important but that of new ideas, then might the arrival of Professor Teufelsdröckh's Book be marked with chalk in the Editor's calendar. It is indeed an 'extensive Volume,' of boundless, almost formless contents, a very Sea of thought; neither calm nor clear, if you will; yet wherein the toughest pearl-diver may dive to his utmost depth, and return not only with sea-wreck but with true orients.

Directly on the first perusal, almost on the first deliberate inspection, it became apparent that here a quite new Branch of Philosophy, leading to as yet undescried ulterior results, was disclosed; farther, what seemed scarcely less interesting, a quite new human Individuality, an almost unexampled personal character, that, namely, of Professor Teufelsdröckh the Discloser. Of both which novelties, as far as might be pos-

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