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upon the strongest entrenchments of the powers of darkness, hearkening to its Great Captain's command, “Go ye into all the world,” and to his promise, “ I am with you alway.”
Young Gentlemen of the Graduating Class : I invite you, and each of you, to join the goodly company of those who speak and act and live from profound and positive convictions, and especially upon the greatest issues. I invite you to go forth to your lifework with fixed and well-considered principles — principles worthy of the name, because they are thoroughly right and true and tried — principles in which you can put a confiding faith, and on which you can safely lay out, or lay down, your life. Join the great company of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Choose a pursuit you believe in, and act out your belief. Honor it, and it will honor you. Prepare for it in quiet trust. In it do a man's good work, believingly. Come out from the company of idlers and triflers and learn to labor and to wait. Learn that great secret of success, to “be ready when the opportunity comes.” Here is the sphere for a silent, patient faith.
In whatever profession, be more than a professionalist; be also a true man with profound and positive convictions on all high things, which no professional policy shall prevent your speaking out, if need be, “in words as round and hard as cannon balls."
And above all, let me invite you to ally yourself personally by a living faith to that one central Source of all high principle, holy motive, lofty aim, and noble endeavor — to him who stands out in his divine isolation as at once example, incentive, guide, helper, and reward, author and finisher of faith — him who presents himself to you and the whole world, saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life " — him who is riding forth conquering and to conquer till every eye shall see him move — to him ally yourselves livingly and lovingly, and it shall be your privilege, your blessing, and your power. The prayer of that greatest of geniuses, Michael Angelo, is none too lowly or too trustful for you :
My unassisted heart is barren clay
LARGENESS OF HEART.
BACCALAUREATE SERMON, JUNE 22, 1884.
And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore. - 1 KINGS 4: 29.
COLOMON is the great peace monarch of history.
His name stands for royal wisdom and magnificence. All kingly accomplishments seemed to unite in him : a knowledge of nature from the hyssop to the cedar; a knowledge of men that uttered three thousand proverbs ; a culture that expressed itself in a thousand songs, and embodied itself in such sumptuous works as the temple, the several palaces, the House of the Forest of Lebanon and the furnishings of gold and silver, the gardens of Etham, the city of Palmyra, and the construction of costly aqueducts and massive fortifications; a judical sagacity that has become proverbial; an organizing power that stretched his kingdom beyond all former limits and held it in hand forty years; an enterprise that sent his ships to far distant lands for precious freights; a statesmanship that allied him to the great powers, Egypt and Tyre, and levied tribute on all surrounding tribes; and a splendor of state that was the wonder and despair of his contemporaries. He was a merchant sovereign beside whom the Medici would seem but merchant princes. For a thousand years “the glory of Solomon " was traditional in Palestine. It permanently fired the Oriental heart, so
that in modern times the great war monarch of the Ottoman Empire bore the name of Solyman the Magnificent; and to-day Sheikh Suleiman leads the Tiyahah Arabs and guides the traveler over the Desert of the Wandering.
It was the wisdom and understanding, the largeness of heart, with which God had endowed him, that made his reign resplendent. Only when the greatness of his ambition and the excess of his luxury at last eclipsed the largeness of his heart did there come a cloud upon his later years and a storm upon his successor. Had the great qualities which marked the opening continued to the close, perhaps nothing in history would furnish a parallel to the glory of his reign.
The qualities that lay beneath the true glory of the ancient monarch are equally indispensable to all genuine success. Every young man who stands in these times on the threshold of life's work carries with him responsibilities greater and destinies more enduring than even the throne of Solomon. And his special need is
LARGENESS OF HEART.
On that theme let me speak to you this morning, and indicate some of the elements of that largeness of heart required for the educated young men of the day. The “heart” here stands, as so commonly in the Scriptures, for the whole inner man, for the invisible forces of the soul that make its personality and its power. First of all we naturally name
I. Expansion of intellect. This surely should mark the modern scholar. But as the ages stretch on, as the long vistas open and the mountain ranges of knowledge roll up, does the observant mind naturally grow wiser and larger in the contemplation? It is by no means certain. Great advantages are often attended by great disadvantages. As the appliances of civilization tend to impair the swift foot, the keen eye, and the supple frame, so may printing weaken the memory and books cumber thinking. Despairing of the vast temple of knowledge, we may shut ourselves up in small mental compartments. We may learn to see all things microscopically; we may cultivate intellectual adhesion without wide grasp, may reason in sections, and think in decimals. Specialties have become largely the order of the day. They form our strength and our weakness. We have reached not only the division and the subdivision, but the sub-subdivision of intellectual labor, and we may mold our intellect to fit a small niche in a corner.
No doubt professional, like business life, more and more takes on a fractional type. The practice of law divides itself up into narrower ranges. The medical profession is continually restricting itself to the eye, the ear, the lungs, the nerves, and what not. Chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology steadily bisect themselves. Theology has its many subordinate fields, alas, separately pursued, and even making exclusive claims. The art of war breaks up till it is hard to find a commander-in-chief. Meanwhile training tends also to become narrow and angular. There was an earlier