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PREFACE vi But, above all that, Carlyle was one of those Seers who are for all time and all men; who taught and exemplified the imperishable moral grandeurs of man's soul and his eternal duties. He lived in what, in the sorrow of his heart, he deliberately named the Latter Days of England, her 'penultimate ages, or times immediately before the last'; wherein he warned her that, if she did not repent and turn from the course she was on, nothing save destruction could lie before her. England has not repented, nor turned from the course she was on. Neither merely continued on it; but, in the height of a blind and prideful enmity, has turned to wreck herself upon the Nation he revealed the natural peer of whatsoever was noblest and best in herself. And, in the fateful days we live in, Carlyle's words come home again to us as those of a man once more sent of heaven to a People wedded to delusion, with the offer of redemption to them: "Whose words must remain for the world, though the People, as usual, would not hear.