On war as a providential cure for degeneracy (Stephen Charnock)

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This observation is sad but probably true: "Penal evils in a nation often end in a public advantage; troubles and wars among a people are many times not destroying, but medicinal, and cure them of that degeneracy, luxury, and effeminateness they contracted by a long peace." Stephen Charnock (Works, 2: 48)
 
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