I am to invite men drenched in Time to recover themselves and come out
of time, and taste their native immortal air.
I am to fire with what skill I can the artillery of sympathy and emotion.
I am to indicate constantly, though all unworthy, the Ideal and Holy Life,
the life within life, the Forgotten Good, the Unknown Cause in which we
sprawl and sin.
I am to try the magic of sincerity, that luxury permitted only to kings and
I am to celebrate the spiritual powers in their infinite contrast to the
mechanical powers and the mechanical philosophy of this time.
I am to console the brave sufferers under evils whose end they cannot
see, by appeals to the great optimism, self-affirmed in all bosoms.