Cash and Credit 179 the other as death is for that of organic life. We fight against it as long as we can, and often stave it off success- fully both for ourselves and others, but there is nothing so great—not Homer, Shakespeare, Handel, Rembrandt, Giovanni Bellini, De Hooghe, Velasquez and the goodly company of other great men for whose lives we would gladly give our own—but it has got to go sooner or later and leave no visible traces, though the invisible ones endure from ever- lasting to everlasting. It is idle to regret this for ourselves •or others, our effort should tend towards enjoying and being enjoyed as highly and for as long time as we can, and then chancing the rest. iii Inspiration is never genuine if it is known as inspiration at the time. True inspiration always steals on a person ; its importance not being fully recognised for some time. So men of genius always escape their own immediate belongings, and indeed generally their own age. iv Dullness is so much stronger than genius because there is so much more of it, and it is better organised and more naturally cohesive inter se. So the arctic volcano can do nothing against arctic ice. v America will have her geniuses, as every other country has, in fact she has already had one in Walt Whitman, but I do not think America is a good place in which to be a genius. A genius can never expect to have a good time anywhere, if he is a genuine article, but America is about the last place in which life will be endurable at all for an inspired writer of any kind. Great Things All men can do great things, if they know what great things are. So hard is this last that even where it exists the knowledge is as much unknown as known to them that have it and is more a leaning upon the Lord than a willing of one that willeth. And yet all the leaning on the Lord in Christen- dom fails if there be not a will of him that willeth to back it up. God and the man are powerless without one another.