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LLANDAFF CATHEDRAL. Finis coronal opus. The keynote, to use the expression of the Bishop of Oxford, of the cele- bration of the restoration of Llandaff Cathedral, on Tuesday last, was "a completed work." That edifice, which the last generation looked upon as a ruin, which time had moulded into beauty, now stands in greater beauty still. The miracle which the cauldron of Medea failed to effect has been wrought -the miracle of youth renewed. The earnest efforts of loving restorers have repaired the ravages of time, and the stately fane upon which the destroyer had laid a gentle, but withal a ruthless hand, is now restored to all its former strength and beauty. The glory of the second temple surpasses even the traditionary glories of the first. And although we can hardly say that it has risen like a stately palm, without the noise of axe or hammer, still the progress of the restoration has been so uninterrupted and calm that the dwel- lers in the immediate neighbourhood have been scarcely conscious that so great a work has been going on. From time to time those whose hearts have been in the work have been called together to witness its progress, and each renewed visit to the shrine has resulted in an increase of hearty zeal. The impulse that has moved the crowds that have thronged to greet each step in advance, has been to go onward still, to think that nothing had been accomplished whilst aught remained undone. The gathering of Tuesday last was the supplement of all that had preceded it. There were some, doubtless, present who had bent their willing steps thitherward in answer to each successive call, and they doubtless cast their retrospective glances backward upon the various stages by which they had arrived at the crowning point of their hopes. There were some present to whom the dim suggestions of a possible restoration of the temple of their forefathers were many a long year ago faintly whispered, men upon whose minds were stamped the impressions of a feeble hope that what is now accomplished might possibly be done. It is not often that a generation serves to carry out so great a work. It is more frequently the result of the labours of many, and we cannot but echo the feelings of him to whom the com- pletion of it is mainly due, feelings which prompted him to say in words such as few but himself could utter, that Christian men who could give such a proof of their devotion to their Church were by no means a type of the members of a Church that is doomed to decay. The Dean of Llandaff could, none will doubt it, proudly and truthfully point to the restoration of Llandaff Cathedral, as an evidence of the vitality of the Church in Wales. It is no effete and exploded system that can achieve such a result as this. The "completed work," although completed was not a light one, and could not have been carried out by men who were half-hearted. Half-hearted, who that re- members the scene which occurred twelve years and more ago, can bring such a charge against the present generation of Churchmen in Wales. Who that remembers the day when the eloquence of the Dean of Llandaff thrilled like an electric spark through the hearts of those who met to celebrate the partial restoration of the Cathedral, can ever forget the outburst of enthusiastic zeal to which his words gave rise. The seed then sown has borne its full fruit, and it is with feelings of the greatest gratitude that we record the fact that he who sowed the seed has been permitted to witness the gathering in of the harvest.




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