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The Veterinary Congress.

Meeting of the British Association.

Uncovering Prince Albert's…


Uncovering Prince Albert's Statue. Much as her people sympathise with everything that interests the Qaeen, and sincerely as they res- pected the Prince Consort for qualities less common heretofore in Courts than in ordinary life, there are few who will read the accounts given in the journals of the unveiling of the Albert statue at Coburg with- out some feeling of pain. It is a mistake to overdo any monumental ceremonial-and this is not the first occasion when, in reference to that particular memory, such a mistake has been committed. The result is to provoke a sharper inquiry into the claims of the de- parted hero, and often to substitute for a kindly senti- ment that severer spirit of criticism which tends to depreciate unfairly that which was unduly exalted. It would be no grateful task to any public writer to enter upon a cold examination of the title of Prince Albert to the double appellation of "Great and Good," but to whatever extent the emphasis of these adjec- tives may be justifiable, truth and common sense require that they should be understood as limited to the discharge of the domestic and social duties of his high position. The phraseology ordinarily adopted when this theme avisos, nnd more offensively used at Coburg than elsewhere, assumes the deceased prince to Wa been the greatest and best — the most illustrious for genius, self-denial, wisdom, piety, and generosity, of the men of his time. And we must not shrink from saying that the language employed to convey that idea has sometimes bordered even on profanity, and been rendered still less excusable by ceremonial perform- ances more common in pagan days than in our own. Votive floral offerings and hymnal adoration in the following terms are scarcely suitable to the nineteenth century of the Christian era. We give the translation from the German of the two hymns composed for the ceremony of Saturday last, as we find it in the London Daily Telegraph I. "Pour down thy blessing, pray, On this our solemn day, Lord, from above. Bless all the grief we feel, Thinking of Albert still, Silently mourning o'er Him whom we love. "Bless the dear image, pray, Which we unveil to -day- Coburg's chief pride. May it with noble fire Every true heart inspire. May he in memory Ever abide. II. Fair image, in strong metal cast, We hail that radiant face, Where the mild glory that is past With loving hearts we trace— Image of one so dear, We worshipped him while here, Rejoicing in our boon; But God removed him soon, And doomed us all to sorrow. By Godpreserved, among us dwell, And still in times to come The blessings that upon him, fell Spread o'er his native home. Perpetuate his name, Tell Coburg of his fame, Through ages still shine on, Germania's noblest son, Whom England also mourneth." Poets, We know, claim a licence, but we humbly suggest that even the Muse should have some reverence for things sacred. Nonsense does not be- come sense by being put into verse, or pagan senti- ment sound well from Christian lips by being done up in rhyme. The dear image in this instance is but a metal casting, and the "radiant face" which the crowd "<hailed of one "worshipped while here but a dull counterfeit resemblance of an ordinary mortal. It is extremely painful to have this maudlin Germanism connected with the memory of one who, in so far as he was a Briton, and had learned to sympathise with British thought, must have been superior to the puerile profanity of the sentimental religionists of his native home.Dublin Evening Mail.

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