Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Gold: Places of Its Abundance Undesirable
Did the eye ever rest upon a more utter desolation than that which surrounds the gold mines near Goldau in the Hartz mountains? It is worse than a howling wilderness, it is a desert with its bowels torn out, and scattered in horrid confusion. More or less this is true of all gold mining regions, and Humboldt, when writing of the Pearl Coast, says that it presents the same aspect of misery as the countries of gold and diamonds. Is it so then? Are riches so near akin to horror? Lord, let me set my affections on better things, and seek for less dangerous wealth.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Gold: Places of Its Abundance Undesirable'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/g/gold-places-of-its-abundance-undesirable.html. 1870.