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UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE ANCIENT WORLD.

many centuries had been reserved with sacred fidelity for members of the

Hellenic race.

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.