Address on the Truth, Dignity, Power and Beauty of the Principles of Peace: And on the Unchristian Character and Influence of War and the Warrior: New the Request of the Connecticut Peace Society...the 6th of May, 1832

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G. F. Olmsted, 1832 - Peace - 56 pages
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Page 44 - For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest...
Page 40 - For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
Page 36 - They lived unknown, Till persecution dragg'd them into fame, And chased them up to Heaven. Their ashes flew— No marble tells us whither. With their names No bard embalms and sanctifies his song: And history, so warm on meaner themes, Is cold on this.
Page 45 - To mockery you have added revilings, to revilings injustice, to injustice threats, to threats violence and punishment. We have borne it all, as becomes those on whose soul is the vow to love our enemies; to bless them that curse, to do good to them that hate us. We have borne it, as becomes those whose trust is...
Page 40 - Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
Page 28 - With some few exceptions in the mode of warfare, and the treatment of prisoners, the wars of Christian nations are not distinguishable from those of the Pagan in their origin, conduct and termination. The reason is manifest; war in any shape, from any motive, and carried on in any mode, is utterly indefensible on Christian principles, and utterly irreconcilable with a Christian spirit.
Page 3 - PREVALENCE OF WAR. • WAR is the law of violence. Peace the law of love. That law of violence prevailed without mitigation from the murder of Abel to the advent of the Prince of Peace. We might have imagined, if history had not attested the reverse, that an experiment of four thousand years would have sufficed to prove, that the rational and valuable ends of society can never be attained, by constructing its institutions in conformity with the standard of war. But the sword and the...
Page 46 - Americans to desert that independence which they had pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to support.
Page 41 - I became convinced that war is an evil which might be banished from civilized society and that it is the duty of every man to lend a helping hand to bring about so desirable an event. I felt it a duty which I owe to God and my fellow-creatures 1 In his Essays of Philanthropes on Peace and War, p. 7. to do something to hasten the glorious era when men shall learn war no more.
Page 35 - Who therefore seeks in these True wisdom, finds her not ; or, by delusion, Far worse, her false resemblance only meets, An empty cloud.

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