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Facts and Visions: Twenty-Four Baccalaureate Sermons
by Abbot Lawrence Lowell
Harvard University Press
Cloth: 978-0-674-91832-0

For twenty-four consecutive years the graduating class in Harvard College asked President Lowell to address them at their Baccalaureate Sunday service, a request which he never refused. The ardent friend of all college men everywhere and a devoutly religious man, he preached of the heart kept with diligence. As his religion was universal, there is in his sermons nothing denominational or sectarian. Above all else it was practical, and the principles of right conduct which he drove home year after year he believed should be the commonplaces of every man's life. These sermons are the unpretentious words of a man of action with a strong religious conscience saying farewell to a group of men who had enjoyed extraordinary privileges and owed a corresponding debt to the public. His language is so simple as to be almost deceptive, but the substance is deep, thoughtful, and moving, and as appropriate now as when the addresses were delivered, particularly those delivered during the First World War and post-war periods.

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