"Whole nations now philosophise,
And do their own undoing now.--
Who's gained by all the sacrifice
Of Europe's revolutions? who?
The Protestant? The Liberal?
I do not think it -- not at all:
Rome and the Atheist have gained:
These two shall fight it out--these two;
Protestantism being retained
For base of operations sly
--Melville, from _Clarel_