Another and a Nobler Exhibition
Charles H. Spurgeon
All the world has been talking during the last three days of the splendid pageant which adorned the opening of the International Exhibition. Crowds have congregated in the palace of universal arts; representatives of all the nations of the earth have journeyed for many a league to view its wonders. Eminent personages of all empires have appeared in the gorgeous spectacle, and such a scene has glittered before the eyes of all men, as has never before in all respects been equaled and may not for many a year find a successor to rival it. Wherefore all these gatherings? Why muster, all you nations? Wherefore come you hither, you gazing sons of men? Surely your answer must be that you have come together that you may see the manifold wisdom of man. As they walk along the aisles of the great Exhibition, what see they but the skill of man, first in this department and then in the other-at one moment in the magnificent, at the next in the minute-at one instant in a work of elegance in ornament, in the next in a work of skill and usefulness. "Manifold wisdom," the works and productions of many minds, the different hues and colors of thought, embodied in the various machines and statues, and so forth, which human skill has been able to produce. We grant you that God has been most rightly recognized there, both in the solemn prayer of the Archbishop and in the hymn of the Laureate. But still the great object, after all, was to behold the manifold wisdom of man, and had they taken away man's skill and man's art, what would there have been left?
Brethren, may the greatest results follow from this gathering! We must not expect that it, or anything else short of the Gospel, will ever bring about the universal reign of peace. We must never look to art and science to accomplish that triumph which is reserved for the second advent of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet may it spread the feelings of benevolence-may it b ...
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