A Conqueror Not Stopped By The Sea
( Originally Published 1902 )
WHEN Akbar, the Mohammedan conqueror of Africa, came in his crusade of conquest to the boundless ocean, he spurred his horse into the waves and, raising his eyes to heaven, exclaimed with fervent tones, " Great God, if my course were not stopped by this sea, I would still go on to the unknown kingdoms of the West, preaching the unity of thy holy name and putting to the sword the rebellious nations who worship any other god than thee ! " There is sublime eloquence in these words, betokening a most valorous spirit. But the Christian propagandist is not stayed by the ocean's vast expanse. Mountains are no bars and floods no hindrance to the progress of Christian truth. The mountains subside, the seas are dried up, the mouths of lions are stopped, flames are quenched, and Christianity goes bravely on to conquer an entire globe.