Beautiful for Situation

“’Beautiful for situation,’ is the universal exclamation of those who come to the Silver Bay Hotel on the banks of Lake George. All its beauty has been made yet more attractive by the stimulating uses to which the hotel has been put by its generous proprietor, Mr. Silas H. Paine. The series of conferences held at this historic point during the summer for college girls, Young Women’s Association workers, Young Men’s Christian Association leaders, and the missionary conferences, have given it the character of a convention resort.”

— “The Silver Bay Conference” by Secretary Charles H. Daniels, D.D. in The Missionary Herald, September 1902

I confess to never having heard the phrase “Beautiful for situation” exclaimed by anyone, ever, at Silver Bay, much less universally, but it did prompt me to look for an explanation, which came from Psalm 48:2, in the King James Version, “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

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