UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE ANCIENT WORLD.
many centuries had been reserved with sacred fidelity for members of the
It was now no more than a question of time when the Macedonian monarch
would assert his advantage and absorb the Greek states in his dominions.
The cry of patriotism might now be lifted in the streets, but to what
purpose? The rapid decline of the Grecian communities, their failure in
public spirit, the decadence of Grecian institutions, and the
substitution of centralization for individuality-all this will come
properly into the field of view in the course of the following Book,
which will contain the history of the Macedonian ascendancy.
For the present, it is sufficient to take leave, not without regret, of
that brilliant and versatile people who contributed to antiquity her
brightest pages. The voice of the Greek, so shrill in battle so musical
in peace; his marry activities, his energy, so often reviving from
humiliation and ruin; his brush, his chisel-alas, for all these I where
are they? The beauty of Athens has sunk into the dust. The wolves of
Mount Taygetus howl in the dark among the broken stones of Sparta. The
splendor of Corinth is no more. Only by the imperishable Thought-the
verse of Homer, the page of Herodotus, the infinite spirit of Plato, the
clarion of Demosthenes- has the renown of Hellas survived, illumining the
world that now is, and shedding a glory over her name, even to the far-
off shores of the setting sun.