Excerpt from Conferences of the Rev. Pe`re Lacordaire, Delivered in the Cathedral of No^tre Dame, in Paris: Translated From the French
ON entering a vast and majestic building, the anticipa tion of seeing which has filled our youth with desire, and accumulated interest during... after-years in our minds; we halt at the threshold, and our hearts beat high with anx ious expectation; we feel that an event in our lives is about to be accomplished, that we are about to realize hopes, dreams, long-cherished visions.
In the following pages the majestic and glorious tem ple of Truth is exhibited to the seeking spirit. Halt at its portals, prepare yourselves for a great event, enter with reverence, and judge not of its architecture by the preja dice of others, neither permit your own to infuse an alloy into the contemplation of the harmony and perfection which will appear before you. Judge of its proportion and its heavenly grandeur by your highest and most en nobling faculties; and may the Divine Author of all good elevate your souls to a clear comprehension of the Holy City through which he has ordained us to pass, on our way to the heavenly regions; that we may enjoy a fore taste of the immortal glories.
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