would have been better if he had made to such a question that more guarded and very noble answer once made by Dr. Channing
: “What I would do in the hour of trial may be doubtful; what I ought to do is plain.
What I desire to do is known to the Searcher of all Hearts.”
It is a rash thing to say, as is sometimes said even by the clergy, that the spirit of commerce is destined to supersede that of war. For commerce is itself not so very remote from war, much of it being warfare almost undisguised.
On a given occasion it may take a higher tone than war; at other times a lower.
The chief obstacle to the abolition of the slave-trade in England
was found in the Liverpool merchants; and humanity has often to fight its way over commerce.
But of course the pure spirit of religion is another thing, and we must never falter in the belief that the human race is gradually drawing nearer towards peace.
Probably none know the horrors of war so well as those who have been in the midst of it. Dulce bellum inexpertis
, says the terse Latin motto-“War is sweet to those who have never tried it.”
Yet it has shown to soldiers also its brighter side --not merely its carnage, but its mutual