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Memorial Exercises in the Senate
MONDAY, May 29, 1939. The PRESIDENT pro tempore (at 2 o'clock p. m.). Under a special order entered heretofore, this hour is set aside for memorial exercises for the late Senator ROYAL S. COPELAND, of New York.
The Chaplain will open the proceedings with prayer.
The Chaplain (Rev. ZeBarney T. Phillips, D. D.) offered the following prayer:
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge: from one generation to another.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made: Thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.
Thou turnest man to destruction: again Thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday: seeing that is past as a watch in the night.
As soon as Thou scatterest them, they are even as a sleep: and fade away suddenly like the grass.
In the morning it is green, and groweth up: but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
For we consume away in Thy displeasure; and are afraid at Thy wrathful indignation.
Thou has set our misdeeds before Thee: and our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.
For when Thou art angry all our days are gone: we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.
The days of our age are three score years and ten; and though men be so strong, that they come to four score years;
yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.
o teach us to number our days: that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Remember Thy servants, O Lord, according to the favor which Thou bearest unto Thy people, and grant that, increasing in knowledge and love of Thee, they may go from strength to strength, in the life of perfect service, in Thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
Shapeless and grim
“Thou art not Death, the End!"
"Not the End!” And may the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord; and may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and all who are near and dear unto you, both here and yonder, and remain with them and with you forever. Amen.
Mr. WAGNER. Mr. President, I offer the resolution which I send to the desk, and ask unanimous consent for its immediate consideration.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. The resolution will be read.
The legislative clerk read the resolution (S. Res. 138), as follows:
Resolved, That the Senate has heard with profound sorrow of the death of Hon. ROYAL S. COPELAND, late a Senator from the State of New York.
Resolved, That as a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased Senator the business of the Senate be now suspended to enable his associates to pay tribute to his high character and distinguished public service.
Resolved, That the Secretary communicate these resolutions to the House of Representatives and transmit a copy thereof to the family of the deceased.
The PRESIDENT pro tempore. In accordance with parliamentary practice, the resolution will be acted on after the addresses shall have been delivered.
Address by Senator Wagner
Of New York
Mr. WAGNER. Mr. President, the year which has gone by since the death of my late colleague, ROYAL S. COPELAND, has not numbed our sorrow at his passing nor dulled our appreciation of his exemplary merits. In his death the Nation has lost one of its most illustrious citizens, the State of New York has lost a faithful servant, and I feel a personal bereavement in the loss of a close friend.
As we travel down the broad highway of life, there is given to each of us, in varying degree, some opportunity for service to our fellow men. Seldom has such opportunity been so richly bestowed or so fully utilized as in the life of ROYAL S. COPELAND. For to him was given the opportunity to perform high public service not only as a great Member of this body but also as a man of science.
With a life blending so beautifully two such ordinarily divergent professions as medicine and public service, he brought to the practical problems of government the high idealism of the oath of Hippocrates. His public life was characterized by the dispassionate analysis of the scientist and the warm human feeling of a physician. His goal was the cure of both the physical and the economic ills of society.
Born and raised in the Middle West, ROYAL S. COPELAND came to New York in 1908. His record of public service had already begun, for he had served as mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., and as trustee of the Michigan State Tuberculosis Sanatorium. His assiduous studies of public-health problems and his other distinguished medical service soon attracted favorable attention and led to his appointment as a member of the New York City Ambulance Board and later as city health commissioner. In this important office he quickly demonstrated his unique administrative abilities to put med. ical science to work for the benefit of all the people. His