Neely's History of the Parliament of Religions and Religious Congresses at the World's Columbian Exposition

Neely's History of the Parliament of Religions and Religious Congresses at the World's Columbian Exposition

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Neely's History of the Parliament of Religions and Religious Congresses at the World's Columbian Exposition

Neely's History of the Parliament of Religions and Religious Congresses at the World's Columbian Exposition

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The snows of winter will soon wrap the beautiful White City in an unbroken silence. It has been for two years the home of all the arts, its forums thronged with the devotees of every science. Though change and the needs of the busy Garden City may scatter to-the four winds these deserted altars where a world has worshiped the Great Architect, an imperishable record will remain!

While countless thousands, taking up again the threads of daily life, or journeying forth to the uttermost ends of the earth, may, in the heart, memory, and delighted "mind's eye," preserve for years the visions of the fairyland of our century, were it not for the genius of Literature all would in time be lost! Of all the arts, useful or ornamental, precious beyond any branch of God's great embodied, wisdom shown to us as "sciences" here, Literature is the truest, noblest friend of man.

The art preservative! Long after kindling eye and ringing voice of the disciples thronging there are gone forever, when the bounding life pulses of the guiding heroes of peace who taught the world's lessons by the lake are stilled, on white wings soaring down through the corridors of Time, the immortal spirit of Literature will guard and spread abroad the golden truths garnered in our century!

Painting, architecture, and sculpture are limited to the enjoyment of the few! Their reign is transitory. The world rings yet with the wail over the "Lost Arts" throbbing in Wendell Phillips' exquisite monograph! The single ode of Sappho, the lost books of Tacitus, the perished wisdom of Hermes, the world's desolation when the Alexandrian library vanished in flames, the gloom of the dark ages, all the lost lore of the . . .

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