576 History of Wake Forest College
oceans. Though in some things he shows credulity yet he evidently
had an open mind; at the same time he had a vivid imagination and a
correct appreciation of literary excellence. The following quotations
are characteristic:
The literary excellencies-the perspicuity, the energy, and the beauty of style-the
bold, striking, and splendid imagery-the personifications, the interrogations, and
apostrophes of the Scriptures, surpass anything that can be found on the classic
page. Under the magic touch of prophets and apostles the material world becomes
animated, and unites with intelligent creatures to accomplish the purposes and
magnify the power and grace of Jehovah. The trees of the forest clap their hands for
joy, the waves of the sea leap up and shout their Maker's praise, the mountains
tremble in their base, the earth reels to and fro, the stars fight in their courses, and
the sun pauses in his march along the sky. The solitary place becomes glad, the
desert blossoms as the rose, the streams of water gush forth in the wilderness.
Death, War, and Famine are mounted on horses and career over the earth, carrying
desolation and horror in their path. An angel flies through the heavens, another
reveals his form standing in the sun, while another with a rainbow encircling his
head, placing one foot upon the sea and the other upon the land, declares that time
shall be no more.
1851 - E. G. READE
The address in 1851 was by Edwin Goodwin Reade, a native of
Person County, born in 1812, and in 1855 a member of Congress, and
later a superior court judge. In 1852 he was made a Trustee of the
College. In 1868 receiving the nomination of both political parties he
was elected a justice of the Supreme Court of the State, a position
which he held until 1878. His address before the Societies was on the
general topic of the choice of profession and on the moral and
religious qualities essential to success. It was somewhat puritanical in
character and showed faults of style characteristic of those who have
had limited education, and yet was strong and impressive. Perhaps the
best paragraph is this:
Exemption from all restraint in the choice of pursuits leaves you
exposed at a point, which, if not guarded, may be as fatal as if you
had made no choice. When there are so many pursuits open to aspir-
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