Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, October 01, 1879, Page 172, Image 4

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race aficr hearing si few words or sounds
or symbols, combined and elaborated thorn
until in the progress of tlio ages, tlioro
arose tbc splendid structure of human
speech. Ij. F.
VN the temple of Apollo was placed
J the significant inscription, "Know
Thyself." These words, standing in si.
lencc, thrilled the soul of Socrates, and
by their power caused him to draw from
the wealth of his intellect, ideas of the
immaterial, which delinc with clearness
the immortality of the soul.
This work, the greatest .f human
achievement., the revelation of earth's
deepest mystery, proved through its ac
complishment the power of the human
soul, the wonderful capacities of man.
This man, in a greater degree than all
otlur earthly beings possessed immoital
thought. Thought that from the begin
ning litis been the prime mover of all
things; not content with penetrating the
hidden chambers of creation, it rises in
its might and contemplates even the
mind of the Creator. Not even the power
of man -can stay it. Its progress is inevi
table. It spans unchecked the chasm of
time formed by the lapse of ages, and ar
rives by so doing at the only point beyond
which it cannot pass, the beginning of
It is supposed that the creation of man
was coeval with earthly thought, and be
yond this point, the most significant ep
och of time, lies that which to other souls
created before us, may have been a treas
ured vault, but which to us is void and
naught but darkness. Of that time we know
nothing. Light only dawned upon us
when this the great land of the unknown,
was revolutionized, when order was
brought out of chaos, and an omnipotent
hand loosed the gate of Paradise with the
golden keys of life, and permitted to come
forth from h'cr labyrinth, a part of her
immortal treasure, intellectual man.
Tliis period when the mind of man
had birth, forms tho ending of a dateless
era ami the uommonoomont of a now one,
and now through the agency of all pow
erful thought, improvements mark the
course of every age, Tho entire field oT
nature has been examined by this invin
oiblo investigator' Karth with her beau
ties and treasures has been explored, and
her boundaries defined, revealing a state
when all was chaos, ami none knew, save
the invisible, of her 'future destiny.
Ago upon age of varying action of
countless forces, in her formation, is shown
us by illimitable thought, which pene
trates as far backward along the course of
time as there is an atom for it to grasp.
Ascending from the earth beneath it
separates the atmosphere into itsunchang
able elements ; defines the innumerable
agents which control the order and sym
metry of the universe; calculates tho ve
locity of light, and the magnitudes and
distances of suns. Na more, thought is
able to turn and scrutinize its own being:
thus discovering its own immortality.
Even lightening, which in its dazzling
brightness and strength appears uncon
querable, humbly yiolds its services, and
becomes the willing and subservient
agent of its conqueror.
Inventions which seemed impossible,
to past generations, throng upon us, and
thus the mighty forces of nature are sub
dued to the sorvice of man.
In the ficid of literature there are in
numerable volumes ol the richest variety,
which serve as lamps to our feot, illumi
nating our way as we toilingly proceed.
Foromosl amongst the splendid onn;
ments of humanity stand Hacon, Milton
and ShaUspore. Men to whom in the full
development of their intellect the world
seemed as an open scroll, whoso charac
tors, unintelligable to their predecessors
were to thorn the plain revelations of
truth, the history of the buried past, the
fleeting present and the undying future.
Thus, as they reached the summit of
fame, and lettered their names in immor-