Concerning compulsory prayers and college authorities the Amherst Student quotes the following very apt passage from Wordsworth:
"Was ever known
The witless shepherd who persists to drive
A flock that thinks not, to a pool disliked?
A weight must surely hang on days begun
And ended with such mockery. Be wise
Ye Presidents and Deans, and, till the spirit
Of ancient times revive, and youth be trained
At home to pious service, to your bells
Give seasonable rest, for 'tis a sound
Hollow as ever vexed the tranquil air,
And your officious doings bring disgrace
On the plain steeples of our English church."
The inquiries made several years ago by the Harvard faculty concerning prayers at the homes of students, and the answers received, proved very well that "youth are not trained at home in pious service." The advice of the great poet might well be heeded by Harvard's corporation.