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Vernon Harold Starr

1882-1918 and after




"They loved not their lives unto the death
therefore are they before the throne of God,
and serve Him day and night. For His
servants shall serve Him, and they shall see
His face."


"O God, to us may grace be given
To follow in their train!"








Chapter I. First the Blade
Chapter II. Then the Ear
Chapter III. And After that?
Chapter IV. And After that the Full Corn in the Ear


SOME ONE has defined a great life as "a thought of youth carried out in riper age." The writer of this little Memoir scrupulously disclaims anything remarkable either in gifts or character for the subject of it. It was the death that drew attention to the life. But when you turn to it, you find that the life has the greatness of "consistency." And by that I mean the quality that distinguishes a true work of art. One big motive, the desire that the Kingdom of God should come, dominated the whole life. Everything else was subordinated to that. He lived and he was allowed to die for one thing. He "followed the gleam," and it led him through ways of quiet duty to the high honour of dying, as his Master died, for the great cause to which he had given his life.

May the story of a purpose carried through, so vividly and simply told in these pages, bear a message of inspiration to all who read.


6 October, 1918

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