and undoubted error as to doctrine, as to theduty of man to man, and man to God, and, asweU, of God to man. Even the ew Testamentneeds interpretation. And if there had been aprompter recognition of all this, fewer martyrswould have died at the stake, blood would haveflowed less freely in priestly controversy, andthe day of religious freedom would have dawnedearlier in the life of the world.The Bible, rightly understood, is the story of the fashioning of men from feeble beginnings togreat issues; the toughening of the fiber of char-acter, and the emancipation, through sufferingTHE BIBLE AD MODER LIFEand humiliation and defeat and captivity andexile, from the bondage of idolatry and littlenessto moral triumph and spiritual excellence. Tothose who know the Bible it is a storehouse of priceless possessions, without which men wouldbe poor indeed. In it is bound up not onlythe richest treasure of our Anglo-Saxon speech,but the highest religion of the world — the storyof the struggle of man to understand his destinyand to ally himself with what is unseen andeternal. Its precepts, its injunctions, its no-bility of thought, its matchless eloquence of expression are the source of much that isgreatest in English literature. Within theprovince where it is supreme, other books oftenseem by comparison colorless and trivial; andwithin that province its poetry surpasses eventhat of Shakespeare, as much as the poetry of Shakespeare surpasses that of all other of ourdramatists; and beside its grandeur many of ourgreatest prose writers are at times but pygmies.