28 January, 2016

The Street Urchins Coincidence

Street Urchins
Street Urchins
Sir Henry Hawkins
Sir Henry Hawkins
Of course, coincidences aren't a new thing. Here's an amusing vintage story from the past featuring street urchins, a high court judge and a future Archbishop of Canterbury,

As Sir Henry Hawkins, of the High Court of Justice, alighted from his coach, his judge's wig caught the top of the door and was lifted from his head. And his head was said to have looked as round and bald, as a marble.

The street urchin children, gathered in a crowd, burst out laughing, and very irreverent laughter it was.

Sir Henry had come as usual to St, Mary's, the university church of Oxford, for the special service held to mark the opening of the assizes, or court sessions.

Rev Cosmo Gordon Lang
Rev Cosmo Gordon Lang
He was met by the vicar, Rev Cosmo Gordon Lang, later the Archbishop of Canterbury. Mr. Lang, having escorted the judge to his pew, mounted the pulpit to preach the sermon he had carefully prepared. The text - of all texts - was II Kings 2: 23 which reads:

"... as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head."

When the service was over, Sir Henry remarked to the vicar, with a dry smile, "A very excellent sermon - on a very apposite text."

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