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MASSACHUSETTS QUARTERLY REVIEW.
NO. V.- DECEMBER, 1848.
ART. I.-THE POLITICAL DESTINATION OF AMER
ICA, AND THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES.
EVERY nation has a peculiar character, in which it differs from all others that have been, that are, and possibly from all that are to come, for it does not yet appear that the Divine Father of the nations ever repeats himself and creates either two nations or two men exactly alike. However, as nations, like men, agree in more things than they differ, and in obvious things too, the special peculiarity of any one tribe does not always appear at first sight. But if we look through the history of some nation which has passed off from the stage of action, we find certain prevailing traits which continuallly reappear in the language and laws thereof; in its arts, literature, manners, modes of religion — in short, in the whole life of the people. The most prominent thing in the history of the Hebrews is their continual Trust in God, and this marks them from their first appearance to the present day. They have accordingly done little for art, science, philosophy, little for commerce and the useful arts of life, but much for Religion — and the psalms they sung two or three thousand years ago are at this day the Hymns and Prayers of the whole Christian world. Three great historical forms of religion — Judaism, Christianity, and Mahometanism—all have proceeded from them.
He that looks at the Ionian Greeks finds in their story always the same prominent characteristica Devotion to what is Beautiful. This appears often to the neglect of what is true, right, and therefore holy. Hence, while they have done little for religion, their literature, architecture, sculpture, furnish us
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