The Czechoslovak Review/Volume 3/To prof. Masaryk and to deputy Kramář...

To Prof. Masaryk and to Deputy Kramář belong the lion’s share of the credit for the present glory of Bohemia. Neither recognized defeat. When the clouds were the darkest their hopes were the brightest. Each was spurred with but one thought or ambition—liberty and freedom for Bohemia and her peoples.

We must not forget the noble warriors who sacrificed their all, even their very lives, for Bohemia, for her people and for civilization. Without their aid all would have been in vain, all for naught. Without their active co-operation no statement of principles, or the very principles themselves, would be of no avail or effect. Their sacrifices, their heroism and their valiant conduct made freedom and liberty possible for Bohemia. We honor them, we glorify them in the words, slightly altered, of Hume,

"Your name and your fame and your story, through centuries comming shall ring,
So comfort from this let us borrow, and loudly your message proclaim;
Through hardships and dangers and sorrows, you marched to the glory of Fame."

The nation of Comenius is now an active factor, and a useful one, in the world’s daily life. Those of us of Czech or Slovak birth or descent offer it our hearty well wishes and blessings. Hopes shall brighten the days to come while memories will gild the past. Success is assured. The nation goes forth lustily singing the Hussite Battle Hymn, and guided by the words of Pelisek’s noble character of Comenius, they must succeed;

“My nation—my blessed people
O dwell in God — live on —do not die,
And your men—may they be without number.”

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