The Heavenly Stair - Arthur Hughes, 1887
On June 21st of that year, 1887, the Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee and travelled in resplendent style from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey where a Thanksgiving Service was held in the company of sumptuously attired Indian princes and ambassadors from every civilised nation on earth. A vast necklace of beacons was lit from Land's End to the Shetland Isles and the laird dined with the crofter, the lord with the labourer, the squire with the shopkeeper, rich and poor, old and young, all bowed heads as one for the Grace, and strife was forgotten.
The weeks which followed saw a mighty display of Britain's defences. There was a review of the Army at Aldershot, of her Majesty's Volunteers at Buckingham Palace, of the Fleet at Spithead.
The Empire, it seemed, was intact. The nation could sleep soundly.
At the manse, the Revd Joseph Westcombe crafted a masterly address about the perils of gathering into barns where moth and rust corrupt. "The leading edge of faith is always hazardous," he concluded, "but that is the very ground which yields the firmest foothold."
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