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THE WELSH OUTLOOK
Where there is no vision the people perish"
CONTENTS:
PACE PAGE PACE
NOTES OF THE MONTH 199 THE CENTENARY OF NOT- WALES AT WORK-A SOCIAL
A CONSTRUCTIVE POLICY ABLE WELSHMEN 216 DIARY 220
FOR WALES 202 DAVID WILLIAMS 217 CORRESPONDENCE 222
A HOLIDAY IN SNOWDONIA DAVID WILLIAMS 217
STERN AND WILD 206 WELSH PAGEANTS AND REVIEWS 223
THE WYNN PAPERS 212 PAGEANTS 219 POETRY 201
AUGUST, 1927. Annual Subscription, 7/6. Half Year, 3/9 (post free).
NOTES OF THE MONTH
r 1 HIS is the first issue of the Welsh
Outlook to appear since the death of
Professor David Williams. On
another page we print an appreciation
of him by one who knew him well; but we
cannot deprive ourselves of the privilege of
paying our brief, though most sincere,
homage to him here.
Comparisons are, as a rule, as futile as they
are odious, nevertheless we believe that
they are sometimes fully justified. Such
an occasion is the present one; and we
make bold to say that by the death of David
Williams, Wales has lost its greatest
preacher, and one of its very greatest men.
Our preachers to-day tend, only too
readily, to fall into two distinct categories.
In the one we find men of eloquence who
have mastered the orator's art but who,
because they persist in preaching obsolete
doctrine, influence practically nobody. In
the other are men of learning and vision,
whose minds are in harmony with the best
thought of the day, but who fail to carry
conviction into the hearts of their congre-
gations because of their lack of powers of
speech. David Williams was one of the
very small band who unite these qualities
in a high degree. He had the fervour,
and the command of winged words, which
could set a vast audience on fire; and at
the same time what he said was so grounded
in the latest scholarship, and the finest
ethical thought of the day, that it could
always stand the test of hard and quiet
thinking afterwards. For this reason he
was, perhaps, the only living Welsh
preacher who made disciples. As a scholar
he will be remembered chiefly by his part
in the Geiriadur Beiblaidd-that magni-
ficent monument to the Welsh theological
learning of our age-and notably by his
article in it on Jesus Christ. But though
a scholar, David Williams was very much
more interested in life than in books. In
every sense of the term he was a man. He
possessed personality. No one could listen
to him, on the hearth, or in a chapel,
without feeling at once the greatness of his
heart, the freshness of his mind, the wide
catholicity of his outlook, and his devouring
passion for righteousness.
AUGUST is, for most people in the
British Isles, the great holiday month
of the year; but in Wales it is also
the month in which we renew our
patriotic fervour. It is evident that, as a
nation, we delight in meetings, otherwise
we should not be prepared to spend so
many fine summer days in stuffy pavilions
and tents.
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