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whilst I belonged to another cathedral, I met him in St. James' Park, and walked with him to his own house. It was during the Crimean war; and after hearing him denounce, with his vigorous and, perhaps, exaggerated earnestness, the chaos and confusion into which our administration had fallen, and the doubt and distrust which pervaded all classes at the time, I ventured to ask him, "What, under the circumstances, is your advice to a canon of an English cathedral ?” He grimly laughed at my question. He paused for a moment and

a then answered, in homely and well-known words; but which were, as it happened, especially fitted to situations like that in which he was asked to give his counsel—“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might." That is, no doubt, the lesson he leaves to each one of us in this place, and also to this weary world—the world of which he felt the weariness as age and infirmity grew upon him—the lesson which, in his more active days, he practised to the very letter. He is at rest, he is at rest; delivered from that burden of the flesh against which he chafed and fretted: he is at rest! In his own words, “Babylon, with its deathening inanity, rages on to the dim innocuous and unheeded forever." From the “silence of the eternities,” of which he so often spoke, there still sound, and will long sound, the tones of that marvelous voice.

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Let us take one tender expression, written three or four years ago-one plaintive yet manful thought, which has never yet reached the public eye: “Three nights ago, stepping out after midnight and looking up at the stars, which were clear and numerous, it struck me with a strong, new kind of feeling: 'In a little while I shall have seen you also for the last time. God Almighty's own theater of immensity-the infinite made palpable and visible to me—that also will be closed-flung too in my face--and I shall never behold death any more.' The thought of the eternal de. privation even of this, tho this is such a nothing in comparison, was sad and painful to me.

And then a second feeling rose upon me: 'What if Omnipotence that has developed in me these appetites, these reverences, these infinite affections, should actually have said, Yes, poor mortal, such as you who have gone so far, shall be permitted to go further. Hope! despair not!' God's will, not ours, be done.

Yes, God's will be done for us and for him. The Lord gave, and the Lord taketh away.

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GOD CALLING TO MAN BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

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CHARLES JOHN VAUGHAN, Church of England divine and educator, was born at Leicester in 1816, and educated at Rugby under Dr. Arnold. He was brdained in 1841 and in 1844 elected headmaster of Harrow. But the post which gave him the best opportunity as preacher, was that of Master of the Temple which he occupied from 1869 to 1894. He was a leader in the Broad Church party and his sermons are marked by simplicity of diction, deep sincerity, and rare spiritual insight. He died at Llandoff, of which he had been dean since 1879, in 1897.

VAUGHAN

1816-1897

GOD CALLING TO MAN

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?-Genesis üi., 9.

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WISH,” said a great man of our day, “that some one would preach under

the dome of St. Paul's, on the text, 'Where art thou, Adam?'A noble subject, my brethren, when we think of it! But who is equal to the task of handling it! The work of God is quick and powerful-may it be so now, He Himself using it, and prospering it in the thing whereto He sent it.

I shall ask you to look very closely into the text itself. I need not tell anyone whence it comes; from the midst of that awful story which tells us of the first sin, and of its immediate consequences. That same story is in substance acted over and over again in every marked sin that is ever done by any man: the same mode of temptation; first inward question, Yea, hath God said ? is this thing which I wish to do really forbidden ?” and then the thought of the hardship; “God doth know that this which He has forbidden is something desirable, something delightful; it is hard that it should be denied me;' and then

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