Ohio History Journal

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The Ohio-Columbus Centennial

The Ohio-Columbus Centennial.                447


to their homes without a serious accident. There was abundant

entertainment for all and there was no extortion anywhere. Every

feature of the celebration over which the commission had con-

trol was absolutely free, yet when the books were closed every

expense had been provided for.

The great Sunday afternoon meeting at the park seemed to

indicate that the "tumult and the shouting" had not driven out of

mind the more serious considerations. The glorification of the

the past seemed to have emphasized the importance of present

problems, and there was fervid expression of the hope that we of

today and tomorrow may be as faithful to our duties as were

those of yesterday to theirs.




[On Sunday, September 1st, the official celebration of the Ohio-

Columbus Centennial closed with the Amen of Rev. L. T. Lowe, when

he pronounced the benediction upon 3,000 persons who gathered at Frank-

lin Park in the afternoon to participate in joint exercises, which in-

cluded an original poem by the Rev. Dr. Washington Gladden, which

we herewith publish in full.]

We come at length as shadows lengthening fall,

To the last hour of our high festival;

In "God's first temple," in the summer air

We lift our hearts to him in praise and prayer,

Praise for the good that crowns the century's close,

Prayer for the light and strength his grace bestows

On all who humbly seek him; that the days

Now lying fair before us, and the ways

Through which his love shall lead us may be bright

With his o'ershadowing presence; that the night

All 'round us shall be light because of Him.

That through the murk and maze of futures dim

His shepherding may keep us, and his power

Protect us in the dark and perilous hour.


We wait upon his word. Who speaks for him?

Unseal our vision! Let the seraphim

Now stooping near us touch our eyes to see

The form that bends above us; set us free

From flesh and sense, that we may duly hear

The word she speaks unto the inward ear.