Felix Cohen, 63 Yale Law Journal 141 (1953)
My thoughts on this sad and moving occasion turn to our friend's work as a law teacher and as a philosophical scholar of law. His preface to the book, Readings in Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy, by Felix Cohen and his father, has three quotations which serve perfectly as a text for the immense sense of homage, of admiration, and of gratitude which all of us feel so powerfully today.
This is the first quotation: "It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us bear it, that we may do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us hear it, that we may do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it."
Date of Authorship for this Version
Rostow, Eugene V., "Felix Cohen" (1953). Faculty Scholarship Series. 2136.