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The prosperity of a nation comes from well-directed industry.; its happiness from the impartial execution of equal laws ;its greatness from the indomitable spirit of its people ; but its lasting glory from its letters and art. No seats of empire have received so much of the homage of mankind as the small cities of Athens and Jerusalem. Merely commercial cities, like Tyre, Carthage, and Palmyra, are soon forgotten. Even Rome is less reverenced as the home of the cæsars, the mother of modern states, and the source of modern civilization, than as the seat of a magnificent literature that has enriched every language of Christendom, and is still a light to the learned world. Success in arms, and the acquisition of territory, give temporary renown.
Livre de Lyon
English Literature, Literature, Handbooks of English Literature
English Language and Literature
Underwood, Francis Henry, "English Literature" (2020). Philology. 15.