An eloquent discourse.
We have received a pamphlet copy of a sermon preached by Bishop Elliott
, in Savannah
, on Sunday, July 29th, being the day recommended by the Confederate States
as a day of thanksgiving, in commemoration of the victory at Manassas
Upon the title page is this appropriate quotation:
"And Joseph called the name of the first born Manasseh: For God, saith he, hath made me forget all my toil and all my Father's house.--Gen.
The text is from the lesson for the Sunday on which the battle occurred, and which so wonderfully coincided with its grand events:
‘"Then sung Moses
and the children of Israel this song up to the Lord
, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath.
He thrown into the sea. The Lord
is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation; He is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation: my father's God, and I will exalt Him."’
‘"These words,"’ says the Bishop
, ‘"are signally the words for this occasion, because God himself, through the spirit which guides the Church
, placed them in our months at the very moment when our victorious hosts were driving before them their vanquished enemies.
Sunday last was the day of battle and of victory, and from all the Episcopal Churches
of the Confederate States
were read — as if God were speaking to us from the very alter of the sanctuary, and cheering us on with words of prophecy — the chapters of Exodus which contain a detailed account of the properties of the haughty Pharaoh, which describe the hardening of his heart as shown by that insolent question, 'Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?' and which wound up with this magnificent hymn of exultant praise, which Miriam
and the women answered with timbrels and with dances.
At the very moment when these chapters were reading in the Churches
of the living God, parallel scenes were enacting upon the banks of the Potomac
, and God was singing for us before men knew the result, our song of triumph and of praise,"’
The discourse is one of great eloquence and ing. The tribute to Gen Escrow in most beautiful and touching.