Excerpt from Address on Dr. Temple: Late Archbishop of Canterbury, Sometime Head Master of Rugby School, Delivered in New Big School, Rugby, on Sunday, June 28, 1903 And I put aside also the nondescripts: some of them Rugby was making all the while, sowing the seed of its own true life, although the seed did not come up for many years after; but I have always been afraid for the nondescript, the loafer, the neutral man, since the day when I heard that one of these, whom I well remember, developed into a most terrible and positive form of all that was unlike Rugby when he grew to manhood, the most signal instance within my experience of a Rugbeian that made shipwreck of his life. So I pass over these, they were not real Rugby. The chief thing in Rugby when true to type was Arnold's gift of moral earnestness, which was not really spoilt by the little priggishness of the many, or the much priggishness of the few. Temple with his habitual insight into the greater things saw this mark oi moral earnestness from the first, It is impossible, he says in one of his early sermons for one who came'here as I did a stranger to the place not to recognise on every hand the visible marks of what Arnold did. I am reminded of him and his sayings and his loftiness of purpose almost every week. I can see at times the reflection of his thoughts in minds that surely do not know from whom they have been learning. I can catch the echo of his words in many forms around me.
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