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Address before the Mens Club of the Prospect Street Congregational Church Cambridge Mass June 7 1898There are moments in every mans life in the life of every nation when under the excitement of passion the simple truths which in common times are the foundation upon which the right order and conduct of life depend are apt to be forgotten and disregarded I shall venture tonight to recall to you some of these commonplace truths which in these days of war need more than ever to be kept in mindThere never was a land that better deserved the love of her people than America for there never was a mother-country kinder to her children She has given to them all that she could give Her boundless resources have lain open to them to use at their will And the consequence has been that never in the history of man has there been so splendid a spectacle of widely diffused and steadily increasing material welfare as America has displayed during the last hundred years Millions upon millions of men have lived here with more comfort with less fear than any such numbers elsewhere in any age have lived Countless multitudes whose forefathers from the beginning of human life on earth have spent weary lives in unrewarded toil in anxiety in helplessness in ignorance have risen here in the course of even a single generation to the full and secure enjoyment of the fruits of their labor to confident hope to intelligent possession of their own faculties Is not the land to be dearly loved in which this has been possible in which this has been achievedBut there is a deeper source of love of country than the material advantages and benefits it may afford It is in the character of its people in their moral life in the type of civilization which they exhibit The elements of human nature are indeed so fixed that favorable or unfavorable
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