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Strength and Beauty

Strength and Beauty

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BY MALCOLM JAMES MACLEOD

"Strength and beauty are in His Sanctuary." —
Psalm 96:6,
BY MALCOLM JAMES MACLEOD

"Strength and beauty are in His Sanctuary." —
Psalm 96:6,

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STRENGTH AND BEAUTY BY MALCOLM JAMES MACLEOD"Strength and beauty are in His Sanctuary." — Psalm 96:6, These are two more things that God hath  joined together. According to Plato, every-thing in life that is worthy of our devotion can be classified as belonging to the true, the beautiful or the good. Truth lies at the bottom of all science, beauty at the bottom of all art, goodness at the bottom of all religion. The question of the order of importance is an old one that has divided the thought of the race. Perhaps, as Christians, we would be tempted to say: "And now abideth truth, beauty, good-ness, these three, but the greatest of these is goodness." Beauty is one of the most baffling things in life. What it is ! How to define it ! How 111
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WHAT GOD HATH JOINED TOGETHER it came to be! It eludes definition or any kind of verbal imprisonment. We do not call a locomotive beautiful — or a Grand Canon — or a Niagara, but when we behold the purple light of evening settling on the hills, we exclaim: "How glorious!" Logic falters when you ask her to explain why man should admire a Belvidere or a Venus or a Flora or a Mona Lisa. The young Roman walking through the gallery asked his father : "Father, why has this picture a beautiful face?" The father meditated a moment and then answered: "Because, my son, the face is beautiful." Which, by the way, is about as near as dialectics can go. And materialism can go no nearer. For, if it is true that beauty is a thing of the soul, then, if there be no soul, what becomes of the beautiful?
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The Bible, I think, never couples beauty and truth; it links mercy and truth, sanctifi-cation and truth, but never beauty and truth. Nor does it yoke together beauty and good-ness. Goodness is conjoined with mercy. The words that keep company with beauty in the Bible are holiness, wisdom, strength. The 112 STRENGTH AND BEAUTY Psalmist says: "Strength and beauty are in His Sanctuary." And the old prophet ex-claims: "Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem." The ideal wedding is when beau-ty marries strength. And what a happy, fruitful union it is! Instance, to begin with, the Sanctuary of Nature. How strong Nature seems! As we
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