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A MODERN PRAYER

self, help us, O God, to find a sure an

chorage in Thee. When we search in HIS truth-with vain for truth in the heights, when we fail

to find it in the depths, let know the note of these days of changing conven- it is nigh us, even in our hearts. For tion, this spirit of patient, humble search- there, in the secret places of the soul, ing for what is real in the chaos of dis- Thou hast set the thought of the perfect carded old ideas and untried new ones being, than which a greater cannot be which surrounds us, has not been more conceived. nobly exemplified than in the prayer with which Dr. Francis Landey Patton opened the recent dedication ceremonies of the

“Have mercy, Lord, on those who have new Princeton Graduate College. It will

lost their faith in Thee; pity those who be recalled that Dr. Patton preceded have forsaken Thee, the fountain of living Woodrow Wilson as President of Prince

waters, and are trying to quench their

thirst at cisterns of their own making, ton University, and, until recently, occupied an important chair in that stronghold only to find that they are broken cisterns of conservative Presbyterianism, the

that can hold no water. Help them, as Princeton Theological Seminary.

they look upon their own disjointed and His

unstable opinions and feel uncertain even prayer was in part.

of the criteria of knowledge; and show “ALMIGHTY and Eternal God, we come

them, Lord, that in Thee alone can they into Thy presence in acknowledgment

find support for truth or goodness. Turn of our dependence upon Thee, and bring

their attention away from the things

which the eye can see and the hands can to Thee the grateful homage of our hearts for all Thy goodness. Thou hast made

handle, and take them up to the high levus in Thine image, and the inspiration of brightness of Thy face. Show us, O Lord,

els of thought where Thou dost reveal the the Almighty giveth us understanding.

that at bottom our We know in part, but our partial know

reason is religious; ledge presupposes Thee. Thou art infi

touch our thoughts with emotion, and nite, eternal, and unchangeable in Thy

turn our intellectual activities into chan

nels of feeling. So shall reflection rise up being and in Thine attributes of wisdom and goodness, and our measurements of

into reverence, and our rational necessigood and evil are dependent upon our be

ties shall minister to devotion; so shall lief in Thee. When we think of the true,

we no longer wander in the dark valley the beautiful, and the good, we think of

of doubt, but we will lift up our eyes to Thee, and when we lose Thee as the su

the hills from whence cometh our help, perlative of our reason, we are left in

and know that our safety cometh from the

Lord. So shall we learn that we live and doubt respecting the reality of knowledge and the worth of goodness. We pray

move and have our being in Thee, and

that Thou art not far from any one of us. Thee to keep alive in our hearts the thought of the living God by the indwelling presence of Thy holy spirit. When "Vouchsafe, O Lord, to take this colwe feel that knowledge is uncertain, un- lege under Thy gracious care; guide and stable, and contingent, when we are prone direct all those to whom is committed the to doubt our intellectual integrity, and to management of its affairs, to the end that challenge the trustworthiness of truth it all which is taught here, all books which

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are written here, all worthy purposes they crown their labors in the philosophy which are formed here, all high ideals of of conduct by presenting to the young life which find their inspiration here, may

men committed to their charge, as part of promote Thy glory and serve the highest the program of their life, the words of and best interests of mankind.

Thy holy apostle: 'Whatsoever things are "Give to those who teach a sincere love true, whatsoever things are honest, whatof truth. May their zeal for it be seen soever things are just, whatsoever things alike in conserving the treasures of the are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, past, and in the search for fresh discov- whatsoever things are of good report, if eries. Be with those who, in a special there be any virtue, and if there be any sense, will be the custodians of the trea- praise, think on these things.' And we sured wisdom of the ages, and give them pray that Thou wilt so bless the labors of power so to teach that the lessons of the Thy servants that at the last they may be past may be applied to the needs of the numbered among those who, having present, to the end that the nation may turned many unto righteousness, shall be warned by the mistakes and profited by shine as the stars forever and ever. the wisdom of the generations that have “We pray Thee, O God, to guide the gone before. May those who are called researches of those who are in quest of to deal with the profound problems of hu- new truth, and may this college hold an man duty know well the solemn obliga- honorable place among the institutions of tions of their office, so that superficial the world which make valuable additions views of social phenomena shall not be to the sum of human knowledge. Save taken as sound philosophy, nor symptoms those who seek truth from the prejudice of social change as the signs of a new and mental bias that would pervert their evangel. Make clear to them the basal judgment, darken their understanding, truths of moral obligation that underlie and make them inhospitable to the eviall sound thinking in social, economic, dence that claims to accredit the revelajuristic, and political morality; and may tion of Thyself in nature and in history."

NOTE ABOUT MR. MACKAYE'S BIRD MASQUE NDER the patronage of

Mrs.

Museum, the Audubon Society, the MeriWilson, 'Sanctuary," den Bird Club, and other societies, there the bird masque by Percy MacKaye, will be held, in direct connection with the printed in this issue, was performed last masque, a unique conference of artists of September by artists of the Cornish col- the theater and naturalists to discuss an ony, to dedicate Mr. Ernest Harold address by Mr. MacKaye on "The RelaBayne's now famous bird sanctuary at tion of Dramatic Art to Nature ConserMeriden, New Hampshire. For the oc- vation,” one aspect of which the acted casion, President Wilson came from Wash- masque will illustrate. Many notable ington to witness the performance of his members of the world of art and society daughter, Miss Eleanor, as Ornis, the are preparing to participate, with symbolic Bird-spirit.

bird-costumes, in the spectacle, which will In New York, at the end of this month, conclude with a festival dance. One on the Hotel Astor ball-room stage, the whole day will be devoted to the confermasque will be acted again, under Mrs. ence and the masque. The masque is also Wilson's patronage, by most of the origi- to be produced in London by the Royal nal cast, including Miss Eleanor Wilson, Society for the Protection of Birds, to inJuliet Barrett Rublee, Percy MacKaye, Auence the pending plumage bill in ParJoseph Linden Smith, and Ernest Harold liament, and for a like purpose, in transBaynes. Charles Douville Coburn will lation, at Budapest. The International enact the Plume-hunter.

Cause of Bird Conservation is thus for the Under auspices of the League for Po- first time being served by the art of the litical Education, the Natural History theater as a vital civic influence.

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A PHILHARMONIC CONCERT, ULTRA-MODERN

BY SIMEON STRUNSKY
Author of “Through the Outlooking Glass,” etc.

A kid-gloved

musketry: ShThrough a lite

SNAP and rattle of short-arm, white is no danger. About face! Rap, rap,

rap of baton on desk! Ready? Go! A tle door at one side of the stage the con- horn lets out a blare of defiance at the ductor enters. Frock-coat, tall, slender;

Frock-coat, tall, slender; serried female ranks. Come one, come beaked nose, pointed chin, a dandy captain all! The challenge is reinforced by timof Imperial Uhlans, you would say, or pani and kettledrums breathing defiance, eminent author of contributions to the scorn, vituperation, contempt, war of the history of the passive verb in Sanskrit. sexes, and then pity, as the violins begin

The conductor mounts his little pulpit. to sing the sorrow of it all. Diminutive pulpit about three feet by At the first sound of the bugle the torthree, a dizzy perch. Some day a tem- rent of babbling sound in the audience, peramental conductor, taking coda of quite like the waters over the precipice at Tschaikovsky's Sixth at high speed, will Lover's Leap, is hushed to the murmur lose his balance and fall off to the moan- of brook over beds of pebbles, and so to ing of the cellos. Expectation of such silence. Simultaneously the flutter of an event is always one of the elements of millinery simmers down to gentle undulasuspense in symphonic music.

tion, and so to immobility. The violins The conductor mounts his pulpit. He sing on their Weltschmerz. I am fearbows forward like a Parsee adoring the fully lonely. In the same row, F, only sun, then forty-five degrees to the right, thirty seats away, there is another man, then forty-five degrees to the left, and his and there are two men back in the shadow smoldering eyes fall on piled-up waves of the balcony, present either by mistake of feminine millinery on the orchestra or by conspulsion, gentle or other. A wirefloor. The conductor apparently won- less S. O. S. of sympathy flashes through ders whether the feminine waves will ether among us four lonely survivals of a sweep over the stage and wash away The sense of loneliness increases, the gallant little Spartan band of first probably due to the violins reciting in the violins, second violins, trombonists, etc., minor key of the Little Russians. upholding the oriflamme of the male sex. Most extraordinary plumage in the He evidently makes up his mind there world is the plumage on ladies' bonnets.

sex.

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