Concerning the Olikst EnglMs Literature.
j iffnot seeem strange, ori need any preface
or apology, if in ai seat of' learning in the
English colony which has always cherished the
deepest reverence for the h.ome-land~,: the attempt
be made, however unskilfully, to portray. what?
has ever been that home-land's -crowMTning glory -
her matchless literature. Changes whbich the-
keenest eye cannot now foresee, may push ]Eng-
land from her proud position among the natious
of the ea\rth; Jher famous deeds in trade and.
colonization mnay be? remembered only: as we re-
member the enterprises: of arncient Phoenicia and
her long list -of statesmen, waFTrriors anld heroes
slip from :the unr~etainingh~ m.emory of coming
ages : but her lite!rature is im?perishable. Asslong
as humuan nature remain.s humatn nature, as longr
as beautiy delig;hts as- and ~sad thinigs~ move. us to
pity, so :long mnust: the :names of Enigland's
greatest ~sons be held in loving remnembrance.
T'he world will not soon forget the men w\iho told
in Elnglish speech her Cante~rbury ~tales, and wPove
the g;littering woreb of her romantic dtrama and sang?
of paradises lost and r:egained. ~And ?while lthe
namnes of? Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton are