AFRICA AND AMERICA.
latest generations. From these relations spring majes¬
tic duties which come upon us
" With a weight —
Heavy as death, and deep almost as life."
These changed circumstances bring to us an immense
budget of new thoughts, new ideas, new projects, new
purposes, new ambitions, of which our fathers never
thought. We have hardly space in our brains for the
old conditions of life. God "has called into existence
a new world," to use the language of CANNING, "to
redress the balance of the old."
We have need, therefore, of new adjustments in life.
The law of fitness comes up before us just now with
tremendous power, and we are called upon, as a people,
to change the currents of life, and to shift them into
new and broader channels.
Says^an old poet:—
" The noble soul by age grows lustier,
Her appetite and her digestion mend;
We cannot hope to feed and pamper her
With women's milk and pap unto the end!
Provide you manlier diet! "
I have thus attempted to show the need "of new
ideas, new aims and new ambitions for the new era" on
which we have entered.
2. And now, in the second place, allow mc to make
the attempt to suggest some of these new ideas which
I think should be entertained by us.
Before passing to them, let me §ay that it is hardly
possible to ignore one or two of the especial ambitions