Our Own Lives: The Brook of Judgment (Classic Reprint)by Alexander Macleod
In the Moral Philosophy class of Glasgow University, about twenty-five years ago, our professor was in the habit of giving a short series of lectures annually, on the relation of Memory to the Moral Faculties. In the course of these lectures, he drew the attention of his students to Coleridge's suggestive hint,
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In the Moral Philosophy class of Glasgow University, about twenty-five years ago, our professor was in the habit of giving a short series of lectures annually, on the relation of Memory to the Moral Faculties. In the course of these lectures, he drew the attention of his students to Coleridge's suggestive hint, that 'memory might be the dread book which is to be opened at the day of judgment.' I have still a vivid recollection of the excitement, the joy of a new insight, which thrilled over the class that year I was a member of it, when the learned professor, looking kindly at the suggestion, went on to illustrate and confirm it by reflections and observations of his own.
What wonder if, among the earliest public efforts of the future preachers who then attended that class, the attempt to work out, for the purposes of religious instruction, the speculation which had given such delight to themselves, should have found a place! I can hardly doubt that many of my classmates besides myself tried their hand upon the tempting theme.
In my attempt, however, I did not find that Coleridge's hint carried me quite so far as I expected. It helped me, indeed, to develop memory as a record which might be used in the processes of the judgment; but somehow, when my lecture was finished, it was only the dark leaves of the record which had come out to view.
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