In Lincoln's Chair

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Macmillan, 1920 - 53 pages

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Page 44 - Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come ; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.' If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses, which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and...
Page 42 - We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Page 42 - And, insomuch as we know that, by his Divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our National reformation as a whole people ? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven.
Page 31 - ... visions ; so that my soul chooseth strangling and death rather than life. I loathe it, I would not live alway.
Page 33 - You could get near him in a sort of neighborly way, as though you had always known him, but there was something tremendous between you and him all the time.
Page 49 - We've been wrong, North and South, about slavery. No use to blame it all on : ; the South. We've been in it too, from : : the start. If both sides had been willin...
Page 3 - Ibid. 8 A mind truly cultivated never feels that the intellectual process is complete until it can reproduce in some media the thing which it has absorbed. Ibid. 9 "Yes, sir; he was what I call a godly man. Fact is, I never knew anybody I felt so sure would walk straight into Heaven, everybody welcomin' him, nobody fussin' or fumin' about his bein
Page 44 - Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, "The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
Page 45 - ... slow process, of course, painfully slow, this comABRAHAM LINCOLN ing to discern purpose in life as a whole, applied to his own life. He did not come to it easily, but through months of travail; travail that lasted, for that matter, long past this crisis of his youth, that went on all through his life. "Certain as he was that God had a purpose in it all," as Ida Tarbell's Billy Brown put it, "he wa'n't so sure always that he was proceedin' along the lines the Almighty approved of.
Page 43 - Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

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