Fame and glory
Notice of an Address
before the Literary Society of Amherst College, by Charles Sumner
the learned and eloquent author of the pamphlet lying before us with the above title belongs to a class, happily on the increase in our country, who venture to do homage to unpopular truths in defiance of the social and political tyranny of opinion which has made so many of our statesmen, orators, and divines the mere playthings and shuttlecocks of popular impulses for evil far oftener than for good.
His first production, the True Grandeur of Nations
, written for the anniversary of American Independence, was not more remarkable for its evidences of a highly cultivated taste and wide historical research than for its inculcation of a high morality,—the demand for practical Christianity in nations as well as individuals.
It burned no incense under the nostrils of an already inflated and vain people.
It gratified them by no rhetorical falsehoods about ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave.’
It did not apostrophize military heroes, nor strut ‘red wat shod’ over the plains of battle, nor call up, like another Ezekiel
, from the valley of vision the dry bones thereof.
It uttered none of the precious scoundrel cant, so much in vogue after the annexation of Texas
was determined upon, about the destiny of