For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. Soe that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword throughout the world.

John Winthrop (1588–1649) English Puritan, politician
“A Modell of Christian Charity” (1630)

Written aboard the Arbella during the voyage to Massachusetts.

Added on 7-Aug-07 | Last updated 7-Aug-07
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