By David T. Wright
Title: Memorials of Stoke Bishop: its church and primary vicar (David Wright, M.A.).
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A point or two of differ ence in the direction of the gust and the whole mass must have fallen upon the roof of the church, and many months must then have passed before we could have met for God's Holy Worship here again. On that ground we cannot speak of this event as disaster only. With the disaster there was deliverance. But there is a higher ground. The injury done is not past recovery ; it might have been past recovery. W e deem it only marvellous that no lives were lost. It was not the violence of the wind which kept the workmen from their work that day, even on the topmast planks of the highest scaffolding.
The art, it is said, is peculiar to England. In other countries the bell is swung from side to side; with us only it is swung round, and the full effect of the sound produced. The dexterity of ringers in the use of bells, unknown elsewhere, has caused England to be called the Ringing Island. For STOKE BISHOP. 37 nearly fifteen hundred years bells have been used in churches. They had their ceremonial service in the old Hebrew times; we read of bells on the hem of the high priest's robe. With the Greeks they had their military service.
The Divine Word sanctions I h e claim of nature. But while man and the lower animals live together, let him show towards them the just and even tender consideration which weakness claims of strength. "There must be a time coming when this great wrong, this fiercest of discords in the Divine harmonies of nature, will have its place among those other dreadful things of the past, over which the conscience of men, travelling with tardy growth, has at length prevailed, and has afterwards looked back horror-struck and appalled that such things should ever have been.