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rance, the animality. Study the poor shape of the head, and the indications, so slight, of thought, and then go to the White City and try to estimate the distance from one to the other. The world started animal, but the brute era for the main part of the world is gone by. The era cunning, in the main, is being left behind. Even the era of the reign of intellect — intellect alone, conscienceless intellect — has gone by; and to-day, as you have often heard me say, the mightiest force in all the world, the force that controls the surging multitudes of men and moves them, the mobs if you will, the insurrections if you will, the riots and the strikes if you will, the schemes of men on State Street and on Wall Street if you will, — the one thing that controls these, as the sun in the heavens controls the storms at sea, is the moral ideal. There are mobs, there are riots, there are thefts, in Wall Street and in State Street. I do not deny that. There are clouds and storms at sea, and upheavings and waves and wrecks; but the light of the sun folds them all in its arms, and is mightier than they. So the moral ideal of the world folds all these human disturbances in its arms, and soothes them to rest. It is mightier than they.

As we contemplate this manifestation of what man has achieved, of what man has become, as we look at the White City and see it as the measure of the man and as the measure of the angel in the man, the grandeur of that spirit that is a little lower only than God,— as we see this, may we not say, as Shakspere said :

“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason ! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action, how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god !"

I have spoken to poor purpose this morning if I have made you

think of the White City only as a great display. I wish you to think of it rather as a revelation of what is in man. John's city was to come down from God out of heaven. Our White City springs from the heart of humanity, from the mud and the dust, and reaches toward heaven. We have

changed our point of view. We do not look for God any more away off in the skies.

To illustrate that change of view, and the view I would have this White City suggest to you, I wish to read to you a few verses which Dr. Momerie quotes in his book entitled "The Religion of the Future." I do not know who wrote them :—

"The parish priest
Of austerity

Climbed up in a high church steeple,

To be nearer God,

So that he might hand

His word down to the people.

“And in sermon script
He daily wrote

What he thought was sent from heaven;

And he dropped it down
On the people's heads

Two times one day in seven.

"In his age God said,
'Come down and die';

And he cried out from the steeple,
'Where art thou, Lord?'
And the Lord replied,
'Down here among my people.''

Here is where our God is to-day. I would have you, then, think of this White City as a revelation of what is in man, of a revelation of what is in God as manifested through man. So I would have you go away with a grander trust in man, with a grander belief in the possibilities of this poor old stumbling, struggling race of ours, with a grander faith in a present God, and with the feeling that it is the business, the only business of religion, out of its prayers, out of its hymns, out of its aspirations, out of its search for truth, to reconstruct humanity, and create on earth a White City which shall be the present dwelling of God.

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Father, we give ourselves to Thee anew this morning. We thank Thee for what has been wrought, and for the hope that has come into the world. We ask that, when Thou hast done so much for us and through us, we may never dare to doubt that Thou art able to realize all that man has thought, that prophet has foretold, or poet dreamed. Amen.

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