The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 4

Author: Thomas Chalmers

Chalmers

When Old Things Pass Away*

But if, during the time of his contemplation, some happy island of the blest had floated by, and there had burst upon his senses the light of its surpassing glories, and its sounds of sweeter melody, and he clearly saw that there a purer beauty rested upon every field, and a more heartfelt joy spread itself among all the families, and he could discern there a peace and piety and a benevolence which put moral gladness into every bosom, and united the whole society in one rejoicing sympathy with each other and with the beneficent Father of them all; could he further see that pain and mortality were there unknown, and, above all, that signals of welcome were hung out, and an avenue of communication was made for him—perceive you not that what was before the wilderness would become the land of invitation, and what now the world would be the wilderness?

What unpeopled space could not do can bedone by space teeming with beatific scenes and beatific society.

And let the existing tendencies of the heart be what they may to the scene that is near and visible around us, still if another stood revealed to the prospect of man, either through the channel of faith, or through the channel of his senses, then, without violence done to the constitution of his moral nature, may he die unto the present world, and live to the lovelier world that stands in the distance away from it.

*From a discourse entitled, "The Expulsive Power of a New Affection."

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Chicago: Thomas Chalmers, The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 4 in The World’s Famous Orations, ed. William Jennings Bryan (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, December, 1906), 114–115. Original Sources, accessed November 14, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=A91HZE56DN3753F.

MLA: Chalmers, Thomas. The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 4, in The World’s Famous Orations, edited by William Jennings Bryan, Vol. The World#8217;s Famous Orations, New York, Funk and Wagnalls, December, 1906, pp. 114–115. Original Sources. 14 Nov. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=A91HZE56DN3753F.

Harvard: Chalmers, T, The World’s Famous Orations, Vol 4. cited in December, 1906, The World’s Famous Orations, ed. , Funk and Wagnalls, New York, pp.114–115. Original Sources, retrieved 14 November 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=A91HZE56DN3753F.