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The Concordiensis. (Schenectady, N.Y.) 1877-current, November 01, 1877, Image 4

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4 THE CONCORDIENSIS. caused by a sheer inability to clothe those ideas . in a fitting garb. Our orators and essayists · owe tbeir eminence to their skill in putting thoughts into words, not in any striking great- ness of the thoughts themselves. This, then, constitutes the practical value of the most neg ... lected study in our course, that it gives the stu- dent c.om.m:and over his own language ; in other words,. it puts into his hands one of the most powerful instruments to success in life, and teaches him how to use it effectively. The formation of a cultivated taste is an ad- vantage (){literary study which cannot be over- rated. While this advantage is partially ob- tained by acquaintance with foreign models, it is far more advantageously and most pleasantly acquire<i by a study of native authors. Latin and G-reek, French and German, soon fade out of the mind of the alumnus when he is engaged in the sterner duties of life. But if he has once acquired a taste for English literature, and has corrected his taste by a systematic and thor- o:ugh study of the best authors, he will not af- terward lack for employment for his leisure hours. For knowledge of this kind once at- tained is readily carried, and can always receive additions at pleasure. A correct taste causes the favorite author to be also a good author, and, under its guidance, good reading becomes an efficient 1neans of elevating the character. There is, then, in view of these facts an ur- gent reason for making English literature a study of much more prominence than it has hitherto been. Beginning with the study of rhetoric, and the application of a few necessary canons of criticism, it should fonn a course ex- tending over at least two years. We should have for our text books, not mere accounts of authors and their works, but the very works themselves. These should be studied as our languages and our mathematics are studied, thoroughly and patiently. In this way, and in no other, can English literature be taught to advantage, and in this way it can form the basis of a re:fi.ned taste, increased vigor of thought and expression, and a broadening and height en- ing of cllaracter itself. A. D. TAYLER LEWIS, LL.D.,. L, H. D. No American scholar has passed away in re- cent years whose death has touched a deeper chofd of sorrow than our great Professor, who died on the twelfth of last May at the good old age of seventy-six years. For many years he has been esteemed one of the foremost de- fenders of the truth against the assaults of sceptical philosophy and science. Few, very fe'\r men were so learned in scriptures, so per- fectly at home in the languages and literature of ancient times, so well read in the philosoph- ical and sci en. tific literature of our own day, and few could so readily wield their attainn1ents f,, 1 .... !' \· I. in support of the principles they advocated. As a teacher, a college professor, he has been l r' ,·, rJ most heartily respected and admired and be- r: loved. Twenty-six classes have passed under tJ his instruction at Union College, and to-day i.·· remember with. thankfulness tbe charm with 1. which he invested the study of the classics, and the wealth of information and illustration which characterized his lectures. Mr. Lewis was an humble, unostentatious, sincere Christian. For many years he was a member of the Reformed Church. In belief he was heartily a Calvinist, and was a notable exarnpl e of the intelligence, 1'· ... the strength, the Godliness, the purity, the un- reserved devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ, and the constantly increasing spirituality which that form of a doctrine is so eminently calculated to produce. His life, which has attained such high and desirable honor, is full of encourage- ment to those who have nothing- to rely upon beyond their own ability and conscientious, resolute perseverance. Dr. l,ewis was born in Northumberland, Saratoga county, N.Y., I 802. With few advantages he elevated himself to r · classical learning, and mainly by the power of persistent study won an honorable position among the foremost scholars of our day. Dr. Lewis at first studied law, then established a classical schoo1 at Waterford, and afterward was engaged in a similar institution at Ogdens- t burg. In 1838 he was chosen the Professor of!.· Greek in the University of New York, from · · · ·which he was called to the Greek Profes-sorship 1 • in Union College, his Alma Mater, a position whi1 the beet the ma11 ture the ture Lec1 the fron men man man artie thot Chri scho acqu rich mou lect, tors. . prtVl \Vorl bles~ coun . tmpt tice ; true dere~ heroi fend( then and< repu1 tent attral hand few} and r whicl studil tions he di too r<: who' Ta\ \ treast

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