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(St Jambs’s Budget.) The spirit of the country has been much strengthened and comforted by Lord Rosebery's speech on the fall of Khartoum: a speech which will surprise no one who happens to be acquainted with the deep vein of piety that runs through his lordship’s mind. ‘ “ Me Chairman and gentlemen," he said, “ it sounds presumptuous to attempt to fathom the motives of the Eternal Disposer of good and evil fortune in this world;’’ and so it does, - as no doubt the ■ Chairman felt. But some more than others may be permitted to' venture a little upon the awful enterprise ; and we must all feel that there could be no better man, and no better scene, than Lord Rosebery speaking at Epsom, that wellknown haunt of prophecy. There the ascetic peer did fathom the motives of the Eternal Disposer*©! good and evil fortune in this world, with the following results Lord Rosebery cannot help feeling that “ this great catastrophe, this sorrow that has befallen Great Britain,” is really a mercy in disguise. That is how ho cannot but regai d it. To think of the disaster as a more consequence of bad management, for which some one .here below should be kicked, would be a very great because an impious error. This sorrow has been sent to us from above ; and except in its old capacity of instrument of Divine Providence, the Government has had nothing whatever to do with it. “It has come to test the spirit and patriotism of the country.” H s lordship is sure that “we ran hardly help feeling that what we suffer now may have been given to this nation to take stock of itself; .and to realise its position ; and to see whether it be greater or less since the last groat misfortune which it has experienced ; and whether it be equal to the new burdens that may be laid upon it.” ( ‘ Hum—m—m—m ! ” from the body of the hall, and a gentle groan from Mr Robertson Rodger, the chairman.) A F e • callin' upon nsie think “ how much more we respected and sympathised with France after her great disaster at Sedan,” and holding forth a hope of similar comfort for ourselves, Lord Rosebery again warned his fellowcountrymen against taking a too worldly view of the catastrophe we all deplore. He fears that the Old Adam in ns may dsny to Her Majesty’s Government “ sympathy in the trial they are undergoing.” He had to confess that ha had been “ shocked to see that one of the first thoughts in many minds seemed to be that the fall of Khartoum involved the fall of the Government.” This is not as it should be in a thoughtful and a Christian land. When a steward has brought an estate to ruin; when a general has fought hie fifth disastrous battle much too late ; when a trainer of horses proved to have enfeebled your stud, what happens if you are good and wise ? It la at the very moment when yon Know your bankruptcy; it is when y>u read the first bulletin of another defeat with slaughter; it is when yon see your horse foundering fifty yards from the winning-post, that your generous and well-regulated mind glows with the resolve not yet to change that steward, that general, that trainer. To do the other thing, to think of it even, would be “shocking.” And these were the main points of Lord Rosebery’s sermon at Epsom.

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LORD ROSEBERY’S SERMON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1518, 20 April 1885

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LORD ROSEBERY’S SERMON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1518, 20 April 1885