of any state was contracted or advanced.
its territorial divisions, remained exactly as before.
But in Asia
how was the world changed!
, the victories of Clive
at Plassy, of Coote
at the Wanderwash, and of Watson
and Pococke on the Indian
seas, had given England
the undoubted ascendency in the East Indies
, opening to her suddenly the promise of untold treasures and territorial acquisitions without end.
, the Teutonic
race, with its strong tendency to individuality and freedom, was become the master from the Gulf of Mexico
to the poles; and the English
tongue, which, but a century and a half before, had for its entire world a part only of two narrow islands on the outer verge of Europe
, was now to spread more widely than any that had ever given expression to human thought.
Go forth, then, language of Milton
, language of my country, take possession of the North American
Gladden the waste places with every tone that has been rightly struck on the English
lyre, with every English word that has been spoken well for liberty and for man!
Give an echo to the now silent and solitary mountains; gush out with the fountains that as yet sing their anthems all day long without response; fill the valleys with the voices of love in its purity, the pledges of friendship in its faithfulness; and as the morning sun drinks the dewdrops from the flowers all the way from the dreary Atlantic
to the Peaceful Ocean
, meet him with the joyous hum of the early industry of freemen!
Utter boldly and spread widely through the world