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BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

Proverbs 24 : 10. "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small."
BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

Proverbs 24 : 10. "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small."

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ENDURANCE. BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.Proverbs 24 : 10. "If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small." This proverb breathes throughout the spirit of an-tiquity. This shows itself not so much in the spirit of the proverb as in its form. The virtue of fortitude is not distinctively antique, although greater prominence was given to it in ancient than in modern morality. The reason for this I apprehend to be two-fold. First, the inferior development of the intellectual pow-ers and resources of humanity. The increase of knowl-edge, the progress which has been made in science and art, the multiplication of activities, professions and pursuits, in which skill,- cunning, foresight, calculating combination, adaptation, invention, and other intellectual powers might be exercised and embodied, has opened new avenues of distinction, and presents new objects, which men may aspire after. Before this intellectual development took place, men sought to be respected rather for the display of qualities which are inherent in man's constitution, and which require only a strong
will and persistent application to bring out. The ten-dency of modern civilization is perhaps to the other extreme, to place less value on moral qualities, and more on intellectual than they deserve. ' Another reason for the greater prominence formerly assigned to fortitude (221) 222 LLEWELYN IOAN EVANS. is to be found in the narrower development of the moral activities themselves. The moral life of men was not altogether so broad of old. The social obligations were not so universally felt. The claims of humanity were not so clearly recognized. Men were more isolated than now. The virtues held in highest repute were those of man as an individual, standing alone, rather than those of man as a member of the body social, bound up with others. The spread of Christianity has brought into clearer light our duties to others, and the claims of a common brotherhood. It has stimulated the sympa-thies, the outreaching affections, the charities, the
beneficent activities of men. Although Christianity makes no change in a man's duties to himself, but rather confirms them, although the independent or individual virtues, those which belong to man as an independent agent, are the same as before, the greater prominence which it gives to the active, diffusive, communicative powers of morality, have perhaps rendered less salient its passive, self-supporting, and defensive powers. God educates the individual by bringing first into exercise the powers which are necessary to maintain an independent existence and growth, the powers of self-preservation, self-protection, self-development. Then the social instincts are brought into exercise, those which are necessary to the existence and wellbeing of society. The race is educated in the same way. The moral prin-ciples first impressed on men have a more immediate bearing on the individual. As the race makes progress in these, other principles are urged with greater distinct-ness, principles of a wider application, which without displacing those first engrafted, tend to give greater breadth as well as depth to the life. Observe, I do not

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