know in living a high philosophy and faith; so shall we find now, here, the elements, and in our own good souls the fire.
Of every storied bay and cliff we will make something infinitely nobler than Salamis or Marathon.
This pale Massachusetts sky, this sandy soil and raw wind, all shall nurture us. ... Unlike all the world before us, our own age and land shall be classic to ourselves.
The passage above quoted is from the Master of Arts oration of a young scholar — Robert Bartlett, of Plymouth — at the Harvard Commencement exercises of 1839.
The original title of the oration was, No Good Possible but shall One Day be Real.
Bartlett, who had been the first scholar in his class, and was a tutor in the university, died a few years later, but the prophecy above given attracted much attention, and was printed in an English magazine,--Heraud's monthly (April, 1840);and when in that same year The Dial began to be published, the very first page of the first number gave as its basis the