Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Reviews/Essays | 1997
Transcription indeed, society, is bound to defer humbly,
as a debtor, depending upon their profes-
sors for all the lgith and guidance which
shall conduct it safely on its march. The
vanity of people, this presuming, blinds
them to the fact hat, in avowing their
disbelief, in the genius of their people, in
respects and qualities beyond their own,
all such avowals of opinon are fatal to
none more than to themselves. They are of
the family, the same race, and it is either
andowed or not for the highest achieve-
growth of a critic, why not to the growth
of the author and artist? If equal to one de-
partment, why not to another and every
other? If wanting in art and literarture,
how natural to assume its equal deficiency
in all? If not unendowed in one depart-
ment which demands the same requisites
of taste, fancy, imagination and excursive
thought, why should they lack in any
province which shall call for the exercise
of all these agents? But the ntion is an
impertinence, as surely as it is an absur-
dity. The providence of God leaves no
nation utterly without means, not only
of its extrication and deliverance, but of
its high moral and intellectual triumphs.
The souls of glory, as well as life,
are thickest in every land. There might have
been poets and artists and philosophers