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AN ADDRESS TO STUDENTS. 99

of unflagging delight. How I rejoiced when I found a
great author tripping, and was fairly able to pin him to a
corner from which there was no escape ! As I speak, some
of the sentences which exercised me when a boy rise to my
recollection. “He that hath ears to hear let him hear.”
That was one of them, where the “ He ” is left, as it were,
floating in mid air without any verb to support it. I speak
thus of English because it was of real value to me. I do
not speak of other languages because their educational Value
for me was almost insensible. But, knowing the value of
English so well, I should be. the last to deny, or even to
doubt, the high discipline involved in the proper study of
Latin and Greek.

That study, moreover, has other merits and recommen-
dations which have been already slightly touched upon.
It is organized and systematized by long-continued use.
It is an instrument wielded by some of the best intellects
of the country in the education of youth ; and it can point
to results in the achievements of our foremost men. What,
then, has science to offer which is in the least degree likely
to compete with such a system ? I cannot better reply
than by recurring to the grand old story from which I have
already quoted. Speaking of the world and all that therein
is, of the sky and the stars around it, the ancient writer
says, “ And. God saw all that he had made, and behold it
was very good.” It is the body of things thus described
which science offers to the study of man. There is a very
renowned argument much prized and much quoted by
theologians, in which the universe is compared to a watch.
Let us deal practically with this comparison, Supposing a
watchmaker, having completed his instrument, to be so
satisfied with his work as to call it very good, what would
you understand him to mean? You would not suppose
that he referred to the dial-plate in front and the chasing
of the case behind, so much as to the wheels and pinions,

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