amusement of the populace,—he must be ‘mad.’ Off with him to the moon! that paradise of noble fools, who had visions of possibilities too grand and lovely for this sober earth. And ye, friends, and lovers, who see, through all the films of human nature, in those you love, a divine energy, worthy of creatures who have their being in very God, ye, too, are ‘mad’ to think they can walk in the dust, and yet shake it from their feet when they come upon the green. These are no winged Mercuries, no silversandalled Madonnas. Listen to ‘the world's’ truth and soberness, and we will show you that your heart would be as well placed in a hospital, as in these airborn palaces. And thou, priest, seek thy God among the people, and not in the shrine. The light need not penetrate thine own soul. Thou canst catch the true inspiration from the eyes of thy auditors. Not the Soul of the World, not the ever-flowing voice of nature, but the articulate accents of practical utility, should find thy ear ever ready. Keep always among men, and consider what they like; for in the silence of thine own breast will be heard the voices that make men ‘mad.’ Why shouldst thou judge of the consciousness of others by thine own? May not thine own soul have been made morbid, by retiring too much within? If Jesus of Nazareth had not fasted and prayed so much alone, the devil could never have tempted him; if he had observed the public mind more patiently and carefully, he would have waited till the time was ripe, and the minds of men prepared for what he had to say. He would thus have escaped the ignominious death, which so prematurely cut short his ‘usefulness.’ Jewry would thus, gently
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