RECORD: [Galton, Francis.] 1882. The late Mr. Darwin: a suggestion. Pall Mall Gazette (27 April).

REVISION HISTORY: Scanned, OCRed and corrected by John van Wyhe 9.2007. RN1


CORRESPONDENCE.

THE LATE MR. DARWIN: A SUGGESTION.

To the EDITOR of the PALL MALL GAZETTE.

SIR,—Next Sunday numerous congregations will expect some honourable recognition of the character and works of Charles Darwin. Let me suggest to clergymen generally that they should substitute on that day the "Benedicite" for the more usual "Te Deum," as many of its noble verses are pointedly appropriate to what they would probably wish to say afterwards from the pulpit:—

All ye Works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Green Things upon the Earth, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all that move in the Waters, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Fowls of the Air, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

O all ye Beasts, and Cattle, bless ye the Lord : praise, him, and magnify him for ever.

O ye holy and humble Men of heart, bless ye the Lord: praise him, and magnify him for ever.

In pursuance of the same idea, let me add that a stained glass window in Westminster Abbey, symbolizing these and other verses of the same canticle in its several panels, would be a beautiful monument to the memory of Charles Darwin, and quite in harmony with the surroundings. It would afford a desired opportunity for other countries to share in the erection of a memorial without merging their several contributions indistinguishably into one, as each country might contribute a separate panel. I suggest this window in addition to, and not in substitution of, any bust or tablet that may hereafter be decided upon, and towards all of which I, for one, am prepared to subscribe liberally.—I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

F.G.

April 27.


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