A large audience assembled in Appleton Chapel yesterday evening to listen to Dr. Greer of Grace Church, Providence. The service was conducted in the usual Sunday evening ritual, by Dr. Francis Peabody. The intrinsic beauty of the hymns was greatly enhanced by the manner in which they were rendered by the choir and Mr. Osgood, '66.
Dr. Greer preached entirely without notes and spoke in a most forcible, vivid and interesting manner. The text was taken from the 29th chapter of the Book of Proverbs, 18th verse, "Where there is no vision the people perish." "The word vision is here used not as knowledge in the ordinary sense of the word, but what was communicated to the prophets by the spirit of the Lord. A bright and pleasant vision is essential to a man's success in life and the noblest benefactor of the human race is he who gives the brightest visions. The human reason left to itself can make but little headway while combined with the imagination, it leads to the greatest result. What takes away the pain of the ghastly, gaping tomb, of the faces of distressed friends, of the dissolution of man's physical nature? The vision that shows death to be but the birth of a new life. Foremost among the bright vision-givers is Jesus Christ, who has given us the sight of a life beyond, a vision which has tempered sorrow with joy to so many cheerless hearts. Without that vision we perish, may God keep it before us."