The Cosmopolitan Volume 40

The Cosmopolitan Volume 40

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... the text, 'There was no more sea, ' said a fervid lady to a young clergyman, "and I came all of four miles to hear you. I myself have written on that text--a poem. I saw at Santa Cruz the ocean come rolling in, breaking bravely on the barren beach. I sat down to write my poem. I got as far as, 'There was no more sea, ' and then the greatness of the ocean, the sublimity of the subject overwhelmed me; and I could write no more. I am glad to find in you one who can sympathize with me in the subject of the text." He felt pleased to be praised by a poet; but after an hour he wondered, and wonders still, whether she meant that there was more in his sermon than in her song, or that both alike failed to add anything to the text. The young minister may observe and misunderstand the silence of the more thoughtful in his congregation. He may know some church officer who in the course of a year has not once said, "That was a fine sermon to-day." Yet this silence which accepts excellence without remark is the highest form of praise. It means that the minister was expected to preach a good sermon; that it was natural and not miraculous that he did so. "You would compliment a coxcomb doing a good act, but you would not praise an angel." The grasp of such a silent man's hand after sermon is worth more than a paan of spoken praise. Such a man may walk home with his minister talking of the subject--not the sermon, saying that at this point or that he thought of a quotation from a poet, a fact in history, an event of the day, or that he saw an old truth in a new light. Not a word about the sermon, or the manner of it, or the quality of it. The young minister may become impatient of its...
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  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 649g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236909429
  • 9781236909428