Mornings in the College Chapel—Short Addresses to Young Men on Personal Religion by Francis Greenwood Peabody (The Riverside Press, Cambridge Copyright, 1896)

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John xix. 30.


as he gives up his spirit is: “It is finished.” called a finished life? on the contrary, a terribly unfinished life, prematurely cut short, without any visible effect of his work, and with everything left to live for? Surely, if some sympathetic friend of Jesus had been telling of his death, one of the first things he would be tempted to say would be this: pity it was that he died so soon! was to us all that he left his life unfinished. if he could only have lived to sixty and had had thirty years for his ministry instead of three!” it was a finished life; for completeness in life is not a thing of quantity, but of quality. may be in reality the most perfect thing on earth. {164} some museum before a Greek statue, imperfect, mutilated, a fragment of what it was meant to be. as you look at it, you say: perfect art. right; the ideal which modern art may imitate, but which it never hopes to attain.” shall we say of those young men of our civil war, dying at twenty-five at the head of their troops, pouring out all the promise of their life in one splendid instant? Did they then die prematurely? a finished life? have done with it? Why do we write their names on our monuments so that our young men may read of these heroes, except that they may say to us that life may be completed, if one will, even at twenty? is worth living is sometimes offered to a man not in a lifetime, but in a day.