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A. B. Earle - 1812-1895
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TOPIC: Abiding Of God And His Work Contrasted With Transitory Humanity

TITLE: The Absent Singer

I am penning these lines from Omaha, on my way to my next camp meeting in South Dakota. I stopped off a couple of days here to rest before beginning the next battle.

A few years ago I held a meeting in this city. Each night after leaving the big tent, I would come back to my room at the hotel and sit down exhausted in a chair by the window at 11 oclock, and remain buried in thought looking out at a star-sprinkled sky until midnight.

Just below me was a kind of summer garden, where men gathered, smoked and chatted, while a young man, accompanied by several musical instruments, sang a number of touching songs and ballads.

From the same lofty room window of the hotel I have looked down two nights. But the garden has been displaced by a large brick building. The audience that used to sit over there is departed. And the young man who sang is gone. I catch myself wondering where he is. The only things that have not changed and still abide are the solemn stars and the silent but eloquent sky. Men come and go; but God and his work abide forever.

A.B. Earle, American evangelist - Copied biographical notes, author unknown. --- Absalom Backus Earle, 1812-1895, American evangelist. A.B. Earle was born in Charlton, New York. He was converted at the age of 16 and began to preach two years later. The next three years were spent in study and preaching, until, at the age of 21, he was ordained at Amsterdam, New York. After pastoring there for five years, Earle felt led of the Lord to enter the evangelistic ministry. Fifty-eight years of his life were spent in holding meetings in the United States, every state, and Canada.

He compiled the following statistics: Number of series of meetings: 960. Number of services: 39,330. Miles traveled: 370,000. Total amount received for 64 years of ministry: $65,520.00. Conversions to Christ: 160,000. Men entering the ministry: 400. Earle authored the following books: Bringing in the Sheaves, Abiding Peace, Rest of Faith, The Human Will, The Work of An Evangelist, Evidences of Conversion, and Winning Souls. He died at his home in Newton, Massachusetts, on March 30, 1895, at the age of 83.

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