The Right Moral Influence and Use of Liberal Studies: A Discourse Delivered After the Annual Commencement of Geneva College, August 7th, 1833 at the Request of the Alpha Phi Delta and Euglossian Societies of that College
J. and J. Harper, 1833 - Classical education - 47 pages
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Page 15 - Full many a mighty name Lurks in thy depths, unuttered, unrevered : With thee are silent fame, Forgotten arts, and wisdom disappeared.
Page 15 - In thy abysses hide Beauty and excellence unknown ; to thee Earth's wonder and her pride Are gathered, as the waters to the sea...
Page 12 - Milton. ture, the poetry of all times and tongues — those glorious efforts of genius that rule, with a never-dying sway, over our sympathies and affections, commanding our smiles and tears, kindling the imagination, warming the heart, filling the fancy with beauty, and awing the soul with the sublime, the terrible, the powerful, the infinite. Ye grand inventions of ancient bards, — ye gay creations of modern fancy, — ye bright visions, — ye fervid and impassioned thoughts, — serve ye all...
Page 15 - Thou unrelenting Past! Strong are the barriers round thy dark domain, And fetters, sure and fast, Hold all that enter thy unbreathing reign. Far in thy realm withdrawn Old empires sit in sullenness and gloom, And glorious ages gone Lie deep within the shadow of thy womb. Childhood, with all its mirth, Youth, Manhood, Age that draws us to the ground, And last, Man's Life on earth, Glide to thy dim dominions, and are bound.
Page 29 - Inscribat haec Deus, qui solus hoc potest, cordibus eorum, quorum res Christiana in manu est, et iisdem mentem divini humanique juris intelligentem duit, quaeque semper cogitet lectam se ministram ad regendos homines, Deo carissimum animal*.
Page 18 - ... able to change the face of nature and subdue the very elements ; there dwell those pure and bright intelligences that sway the heart of man, and mould to their own pleasure the opinions and passions of nations. Mighty and proud spirits are they, who will not be commanded by wealth or power, but they bow themselves down before the daring and persevering student, voluntarily confessing themselves to be " the slaves of the lamp and of him who is its master.
Page 16 - The key of knowledge has been put into the student's hands, and he has already received many a precious earnest and specimen of those mental riches which he has but to desire strongly and he can enjoy abundantly. In those strangely beautiful eastern tales that fascinate our childhood, and rarely lose their charm in our riper years, you all recollect how the gorgeous imagination of the oriental authors delights to luxuriate upon the story of some young and bold adventurer, who wanders alone through...
Page 22 - ... by earth's ingratitude or corruption. Even so is it with the holier light of Truth. All, therefore, that Society need to claim from her sons, whom the nurture of a sound education has trained to the meditation and comprehension of general truth, is that they would allow the habits thus formed, and the knowledge thus acquired, to have their natural influence and effect undisturbed and unperverted. Then will the mind put forth its energies in natural and graceful strength, the operations and attainments...
Page 17 - ... sapphires, and emeralds, and diamonds, of all of which the mystic talisman he unconsciously bears in his bosom has made him the lord. To the young student of our own times and country, the discipline of a thorough education is that talisman ; though of far more potent command than the one of oriental fable. Thus armed, he may climb the Muse's mount or penetrate the deepest retreats of science. There he will find hoards more precious than countless gold or priceless gems. He has but to desire...
Page 23 - ... so is it with the holier light of Truth. All, therefore, that Society need to claim from her sons, whom the nurture of a sound education has trained to the meditation and comprehension of general truth, is that they would allow the habits thus formed, and the knowledge thus acquired, to have their natural influence and effect undisturbed and unperverted. Then will the mind put forth its energies in natural and graceful strength, the operations and attainments of the intellect harmonizing calmly...