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[292] take her place side by side with man in politics, as she does in society, and then the Church will say, “Did n't I tell you so? There is neither male nor female in Christ.” Then we shall say: “Yes, you did; but when it was vulgar and unpopular and isolated to apply it, you were not there.” And beyond that lies the darkened chamber of labor that only rises to toil and lies down to rest. It is lifted by no hope, mellowed by no comfort; looks into gardens it created, and up to wealth which it has garnered, and has no pleasure thence; looks down into its cradle,--there is no hope: and Stuart Mill says to the Church, “Come and claim for labor its great share in civilization and its products;” the bench of bishops says, “Let us have a charity-school;” Episcopacy says, “We will print a primer;” the dissenting interest says, “We will have cheap soup-houses;” Lord Shaftesbury says, “We will have may-day pastimes;” and gaunt labor says, “I don't ask pity, I ask for justice. In the name of the Christian brotherhood I ask for justice.” And the Church quietly hides itself behind its prayer-book, and the great vital force underneath bears us onward, till by and by through the ballot, by the power of selfish interest, by the combination of necessity, labor will clutch its rights, and the Church will say, “So I did it!”

You have no right to luxuriate. If you are Christian men, you should sell your sword and garments, go into your neighbor's house and start a public opinion, and rouse and educate the masses. One soul with an idea outweighs ninety-nine men moved only by interests. Though there are powerful obstacles in our pathway, they will be permeated by the idea we advocate, as was Caesar's palace by the weeds nurtured by an Italian summer. It was supposed that nothing less than an earthquake that would shake the seven hills could disturb

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