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[423] other channels. It was not enough. His diocese extended to the prairies. On every night of the week, those brave lips smothered bigotry, conquered prejudice, and melted true hearts into his own on the banks of the Mississippi. This was enough for two men. But he said, “I will bring to this altar of Reform a costlier offering yet,” and he gathered the sheaf of all literature into his bosom, and came with another man's work,--almost all the thoughts of all ages and all tongues,--as the background of his influence in behalf of the slave. He said, “Let no superficial scholarship presume to arraign Reform as arrogant and empty fanaticism. I will overtop your candidates with language and law, and show you, in all tongues, by arguments hoar with antiquity, the rightfulness and inevitable necessity of justice and liberty.” Enough work for three men to do; and he sank under the burden.

Lord Bacon says, “Studies teach not their own use; that comes from a wisdom without them and above them.” The fault of New England scholarship is that it knows not its own use; that, as Bacon says, “it settles in its fixed ways, and does not seek reformation.” The praise of this scholar is, that, like the great master of English philosophy, he was content to light his torch at every man's candle. He was not ashamed to learn. When he started in the pulpit, he came a Unitarian, with the blessings of Cambridge. Men say he is a Unitarian no longer; but the manna, when it was kept two days, bred maggots, and the little worms that run about on the surface of corruption call themselves the children and representatives of Channing. They are only the worms of the manna, and the pulpit of Federal Street found its child at Music Hall. God's lineage is not of blood., Brewster of Plymouth, if he stood here to-day, would not be in the Orthodox Church, counting on his anxious fingers

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