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728. NO EXCELLENCE WITHOUT LABOR. But to act, that each to-morrow The education, moral, and intellectual, of Find us farther than to-day. eory individual, must be, chiefly, his own work, Rely upon it, that the ancients were
Art is long, and time is fleeting, right-Quisque suæ fortunæ faber-both in And our hearts, though stout and bruvas morals, and intellect, we give their final shape
Still, like muffled drums, are beaung w our own characters, and thus become, em- Funeral marches-to the grave. phatically, the architects of our own fortunes.
In the world's broad field of battle, How else could it happen, that young men, who have had precisely the same opportuni
In the bivouac of life, ties, should be continually presenting us,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle! with such different results, and rushing to
Be a hero-in the strise ! snch opposite destinies? Difference of talent Trust not future, howe'er pleasant! will not solve it, because that difference very
Let the dead past-bury its dead' often is in favor of the disappointed candidate.
Act!-act in the living present! You shall see, issuing from the walls of the same college--nay, sometimes from the bosom
Heart-within, and God-'er head. of the same family--two young men, of whom Lives of great men-all remind us the one-shall be adınıtted to be a genius of We can make our lives sublime, high order, the other, scarcely above the point And, departing, leave behind us of mediocrity; yet you shall see the genius
Footsteps--on the sands of time; sinking and perishing in poverty, obscurity, aud wretchedness: while, on the other hand, Footsteps, that perhaps another, you shall observe the mediocre, plodding his Sailing o'er life's solemn main, slow, but sure way-up the hill of life, gain- A forlorn and shipwreck'd brother, ing steadfast footing at every step, and mount- Seeing, shall take heart again. ing, at length, to eminence and distinction,
Let us, then, be up and doing, in ornament to his family, a blessing to his country. Now, whose work is this! Mani
With a heart for any fate; festly their own. They are the architects of Suill achieving, still pursuing, their respective fortunes. The best seminary Learn to labor, and 10 wait.-Longfellow. of learning, that can open its portals to you, 724. DIGNITY OF HUMAN NATURE. In can do no more than to afford you the oppor- forming our notions of human nature, we are tunity of instruction : but it must depend, at very apt to make a comparison betwixt men, last, on yourselves, whether you will be in and animals, which are the only creatures, structed or not, or to what point you will endowed with thought, that fall under our push your instruction. And of this be as senses. Certainly, this comparison is very sured I speak, from observation, a certain favorable to mankind! On the one hand, we truth: there is no excellence without great see a creature, whose thoughts are not lim. labor. It is the fiat of fate, from which no ited, by the narrow bounds, either of place, power of genius can absolve you. Genius, or time, who carries his researches-into the inexerted, is like the poor moth that flutters most distant regions of this globe, and beyond around a candle, till it scorches itself to death. this globe, to the planets, and heavenly boII genius be desirable at all, it is only of that dies, looks backward-tó consider the first great and magnanimous kind, which, like the origin of the human race; casts his eyes for. i ondor of South America, pitches from the ward--to see the influence of his actions upsummit of Chimborazo, above the clouds, on posterity, and the judgments which will and sustains itself, at pleasure, in that em- be formed of his character a thousand years pyreal region, with an energy--rather invig. hence: a creature, who traces causes and erorated, than weakened, by the effort. It is fects—to great lengths and intricacy; extracts this capacity for high and long-continued general principles from particular appearexertion-this vigorous power of profound ances; improves upon his discoveries, corand searching investigation--this careering rects his mistakes, and makes his very errors and wide-spreading comprehension of mind, profitable. On the other hand, we are pre. and those long reaches of thought, that sented with a creature--the very reverse ce “ -Pluck bright honor from the pale-faced moon, ings-to a few sensible objects which sur
this; limited in its observations and reason. Where fathom line cou I never touch tho ground, round it; without curiosity, without foresight And drag up drowned abnor by the lock) blindly conducted by instinct, and arriving, This is the prowess, and these the hardy beyond which—it is never able to advance e
in a very short time, at its utmost perfectiuni, achievements, which are to enroll your names single step. What a difference is there? among the great men of the earth.-Wirt.
twixt these creatures! and how exalted a 723. LIFE IS REAL.
notion must we entertain of the fortner in Tell me not-in mournful numbers,
comparison of the latter.-Hume. Life-is but an empty dream!
SURE REWARDS FOR VIRTUE. For the soul is dead-ihat slumbers,
There is a morning to the tomb's long night And things are not what they seem.
A dawn of glory, a reward in heaven, Life is real! Life is earnest !
He shall not gain, who never merited.
If thou didst know the worth of one good deed And the grave-is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnesi,
In life's last hour, thou wouldst not bid rce :069 Was not written of the soul.
The power 10 benefit. If I but save
A drowning fly, I shall not live in vair.. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
I had rather see some women praised extraordin Is our destined end, and way,
narily, than to see any of them suffer by detraction BRONSON.
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725. EMMET'S VIXDICATIOX-IN FULL.
I have, also, understood that judges, sometimes think it thar My Lords- What have I to say, wby sentence of death should to hear. with patience, and to speak with bamaasty ; to etuun Dot be be propounced on me, according to law ? I have nothing the victim of the laws, and to offer. with tender benignits bio to say, that can alter your predetermination, nor that it will be opinions of the motives, by which he was actuated in the crime. << come me to sas, with any view to the mitigation of that sentence,
which he had been adjudged guilty ; that a judge has thought a which you are here to pronounce, and I must abide by. But I have his duty so to have done, I have no doubt-but where in the boast that to say, which interests me more than life, and which you have ed freedom of your institutions, where is the vartoi impartialite, labored, (as was necessarily your office in the present circumstan. clemency, and mildness of your courts of justice ? if an unforturatr ces of this oppressed country,) to destroy. I lave much to say, prisoner, whom your policy, and not pure justice, is about to deliv. why my reputation sbould be rescued-from the load of false ac- er into the hands of the executioner, is not sutered to explain se cusation and calumny, which has been heaped upon it. I do not motiver, sincerely and truly, and to vindicate the principles, as imagine that, seated where you are, your minds can be so free from which he was actuated. impurity, as to receive the least impression-from what I am going
My lords, it may be a part of the system of angry justice, to to to atter I have no hopes, that I can anchor my character–in the a man's mind by humiliation to the purposed iqton ny of the breast of a court, constituted and trammeled as this is I only wish, Baffold ; bui worse to me than the purposed shame, or the sesso
s the utmost I expa:, that your lordships--may suffer it to fold's terrors, would be the shame of such foul and unfounded in Bhout down your memories, untainted by the foul breath of preju- putationsmas have been laid against me in this court : you, as cice, until it finds some more bospitable harbor--to snelter it from lond, are a judge, I am the supposed culprit; I am a man, you vs the storm, by which it is at present buffeted. Was I only to suffer
a man, also; by a revolution of power, we might change plac, death, after being adjudged guilty by your tribunal, I should bow though we never could change characters ; if I stand al de bar c: in silence, and meet the fate that twaits me, without a murmur
this court, and dare not vindicate my character, what a sarce but the sentence of the law, which delivers my body to the execu.
your justice? If I stand at this bar and dare not vindicate cu tioner, will, thmugh the ministry of that law, lavor, in its own character, how dare you calumniate it? Does the sentence of sindication, to consigo my character to obloquy--for there must be death, which your unhallowed policy inflicts upon diy body, air guilt somewhere: whether in the sentence of the court, or in the condemn my tongue to silence, and my reputatiou to repmore? catastrophy, posterity must determine. A man, in my situation, Your executioner may abridge the period of my existence, but my lords, has that only to encounter the dificulties of fortune, and while I exist, I shall not forbear to vindicate my character, and the force of power over minds, which it has corrupted, or subju- motives—from your aspersions; and, as a man to whoun fare is gated, but, the difficulties of establisbed prejudice. The man dies, dearer than life, I will make the last use of that life, in doing jusbut his memory lives: that mine may not perish, that it may live, tice to that reputation, which is to live after me, and which we in the respect of my countrymen, I seize upon this opportunity to only legacy i can leave to those I honor and love, and for when I dicate myself from some of the charges alleged against me.
am proud to perish. As men, my lord, we must appear on the When my spirit shall be wafted to a more friendly port; when my great day, at one common tribual, and it will then remain--for the shade shall have joined the bands of those martyred heroes, who searcher of ali heart—to show a collective universe, who was bave shed their blood on the scaffold, and in the field, in defence er.gaged in the most virtuous act.ons, or actuated by the parent bon of their country, and of virtue, this is my hope; I wish that my tiver--my country's oppressors ormemory and name-may animate those, who survive me, while I (Here, he was interrupted, and told to listen to the seriency ook down, with complacency, on the destruction of that perfidi- the law.) ous government, which upholds its domination by blasphemy of My lori, will a dying man be denied the legal privilege of escala the Most High-which displays its power over man, as over the pating himself, in the eyes of the community, of an undeserved beasts of the forest-which sets man upon his brother, and lifts his reproach, thrown upon him during his trial, by charging bim with hand, in the name of God, against the throat of his fellow, who ambition, and attempting to cast away, for a paltry consideration, believes, or doubts, a little more, or a little less than the govern the liberties of his country? Why did your lordship insult bei of dient standard--a government, wbich is steeled to barbarity by the rather why insult justice, in demanding of me, why sentence of cries of the orphans, and the tean of the widows which it has death should not be pronounced ? I know, my lori, that fortni pros made.
scribes that you should ask the question ; the form also presumns (Here, Lord Nortury interrupted Mr. Emmet, saying, that the a right of answering. This, no doubt, may be dispensed ribmean and wicked enthusiasts who fell as he did, were not equai and so might the whole ceremony of the trial, since senteuce a to the accomplishment of their toild designs.
propounced at the castle, before your jury was empanelled; your I appeal to the immaculate God! swear by the throne lordships are but the priests of the oracle, and I submit; but I didn't of Heaven, before which I must shortly appear-by the blood of
on the whole of the forms. the murdered patriots, who have gone before me that my conduct
(Here the court desired him to proceed.] has been, through all this peril, and all my purposes, governed on.
I am charged with being an emissary of France ! Au emiokary ly, by the convictinds which I have uttered, and by no other view, of France! And for what end? It is alleged that I wished to weil than that of their cure, and the emancipation of my country, from the independence of my country! And for what end? Was that the superinteman oppression, under which she has so long, and too the object of my ambition! And is this the mode by which a tn patiently travailed ; and that I confidently and assuredly hope, that, bunal of justice reconciles contradictions No, I am no emis?: wild and chimerical as it may appear, there is still union and
and my ambition w2to hold a place among the deliveres of any strength in Ireland to acromplish this noblest enterprise. Or this, country; not in power, nor in prof:, but in the glory of the achiere. I speak with the confidence of intimate knowledge, and with the ment! Sell ms country's independence to France! And for what coundation that appertans to that confidence, Think not, my
Was it for a change of masters? No! Rut for an.bitiou: 0, D:9 ford, I say this for the petty gratification of giving you a transitory country, was it personal ambition that could influence me! Daja uneasiness ; a man, who never yet raised his voice to assert a lie, been the soul of my actions, could I not, be myelucation and fortune, will not hazard his character with posterity, by asserting a falsehood by the rank and consideration of my family, have placed mywell od a subjezt, so important to his country, and on an occision like among the proudest of my oppressort? My country was my idol: this. Yes, my ords, a man who does not wish to have his epitaph to it I acrificed every selfish, every endearing sentinent; and for written, until his country e liberated, will not leave a weapon in it, I now offer up my life, O God! No, my lord ; 1 acted 2 1. the power of envy; nor a pretence to impeach the probity, which Irishman, determined on delivering my country-from the more te ricons to preserve, even in the grave to which tyranny con- of a foreign, and unrelenting tyranny, and from the more calling
yoke of a domestic faction, which is its joint partner and peine (Here, he was again interrupted, by the court.) trator, in the parricide, for the ignominy of existing with an este Again, I say, that what ) bave spoken, was not intended for your rior of splendor, and of conscious depravity. It was the wish Jordship. whose situation I commiserate-rather than envy-my my heart to extricate my country, from this doubly rivete despois expressions were for my countrymen: if there is a true Irish ist. man present, let my last worda cheer him in the hour of his adlic- I wished to place her independence beyond the reach of any pur.
er on earth; I wished to exalt you to that proud stason in the world. (Herehe was spain interneted. Lord Norlary sand he dich Connection with France was indeed intended, but only a falu mas su there to hear inauin.)
mutual interest would sanction, or require. Were they lo che I have alwav understond to be the duty of a judge, when a any authority, inconsistent with the purest independence, it would Funer hw been convicted to rumorder the sentence of the law;l be the signal for their Jeetruction ; we scught aid, and we werbe it
15 we had a pances we should obtain it; as auxillaries, in warm hare, eren for a moment, deviated rom those priscis es uf mo and Ailsa, to peace.
rality and patriotism, which it was your care to instill tuo my Were the French to come as invaders, of enemies, uninvited youthful mind; and for which I am now to offer up my life. by the wishes of the people, I should oppose them to the utmost of My lords, you are impatient for the sacrifice the blood, which my strength. Yes, my countrymen, I should advise you to meet you seek, is not congealed by the artificial terrors which surround them on the beach, with a sword in one hand, and a torch in the your victim; it circulates warmly and unrufled, through the chair other; I would meet them with all the destructive fury of war; bels, which God created for noble purposes, but which you are beni and I would animate my countrymen to immolate them in their to destroy, for purposes s grievous, that they cry to hearen -boa's, befort they haul contaminated the soil of my country. If they Be yet patient! I have but a few words more to say.--I an poing succeeded in ianding, and is forced to retire before superior disci- to niy cold-and silent grave: my amp of life-i dearly ettir pline, I would dispute every inch of ground, burn every blade of guished; my race is run: the grave opens to rece) e me, and pues, and the last intrenchment of liberty should be my grave. sink into its bosom! I have but one request to ask at n y departure What I could not do mysell, if I should fall, I should leave as a from this world, it is the charity of its silence ! - Let no man wt 2 las awg to my countrymen to accomplish; because I should my epitaph: for, as no man, who knows my motives, dare wu tecl (mecions that life, any more than death, is uaprofitable, when vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them. Le foreign nation holds my country in subjection.
them, and me, repose in obscurity, and pesce, end my tonb remaia But it was not as an enemy-that the succors of Franee were to uninscribed, until other times, and other men, can do justice to my land: looked indeed for the assistance of France; but I wished to character: when my country takes her place among the natione or prore o France, and to the world, that Irishmen-deserve to be as.
the earth, then-and not till then-let my epitaph be written isted! That they were indignant at slavery, and ready to asert bave done. se independence and liberty of their country.
726. LUCY. I wished to pmcure for my country the guarantee, which Wash.
Three years she grew, in sun, and shower, 3gton procured for America. To procure an aid, which, by its etample, would be as important as its valor; disciplined, gallant,
Then, Nature said, “ a lovelier flower, pregtiant with science and experience ; who would perceive the
On earth, was never sown; food, and polish the rough points of our character; they would This child I, to myself, will take; ere to uk a strangers, and leave us as friends, after sharing in our She shall be mine, and I will makeperils, and elevating our destiny. These were my objects, not to
A lady of my own. receive new task-masters, but to espel old tyrants; these were my views, and there only became Irishmen. It was for these ends I Myself will, to my darling, be sought aid from France, because France, even as an enemy, could Both law, and impulse: and with me, Dot be more implacable than the enemy already in the booom of my The girl, on rook and plain, country. (Here he was internopted by the court.)
In earth, and heaven, in glade, and bower, I have been charged with that importance in the efforts to
Shall feel an overseeing power, emancipate my country, as to be considered the key-stone of the To kindle, and restrain. combination of Irisbmen, or, as your lordship expressed it, "the life and blood of conspiracy." You do me honor over much: You
She shall be sportive, as the lawn, have given to the subaltera-all the credit of a superior. There
Thai, wild with glee, across the lawn, are men engaged in this conspiracy, who are not only superior to Or up the mountain, springs; me, but even to your own conceptions of yourself, my lord ; men, And hers, shall be the breathing balm, before the splendor of whose genius and virtues, I should bow with And hers, the silence, and the calmrespectful deference, and who would think themselves dishonored In be called-your friend-who would not disgrace themselves by
Of mute, insensate things. c.aking your blood-stained hand
The foating clouds—their state shall lend (Here he was interrupted.)
To her; for her-the willow bend; What, my lord, shall you tell me, on the passage to thin scaffold, Nor, shall she fail to see, *hich that tyranny, of which you are only the intermediary execu
Even in the motions of the storin, tioner, has erected for my murder,-that I am accountable for all the blood that has, and will be shed, in this strucgle of the oppres.
Grace, that shall mould the maiden's form, red-against the oppressor-shall you tell me this and must I be By silent sympathy. so very a slave--as not to repel it?
The stars of midnight--shall be dear I do not fear to approach the omnipotent Judge, to answer for the conduct of my whole life: and am I to be appalled and falsified
To her; and she shall lean her ear, by a mere remnant of mortality here? by you too, who, if it were
In many a secret place, possible to collect all the innocent blood that you have shed in your Where sivuleis dance their wayward round; anballowed ministry, in one great reservoir, your lordship might And beauty, born of murmuring sound, #wim in it. (Here the judge interfered.)
Shall pass into her face. Let no man dare, when I am dead, to charge me with disbonor!
And vital feelings of delightlet no man attaint my memory, by believing that I could have en. Shall rear her form—10 stately height, raged in any cause but that of my country's liberty and indepen- Her virgin bosom swell; dence; or, that I could have become the pliant minion of power,
Such thoughts, to Lucy, I will give. in the oppression, or the miseries, of my countrymen. The proclamation of the provisional government speaks for our views; mo
While she, and I, together live, inference can be tortured fmail, to countenance barbarity, or ae.
Here, in this happy dell.” basement at home, or subjection, humiliation, or treacnery from Thus Nature spake. The work was done abroad; I would not have submitted to a foreign: opprepor, for the anme reason that I would resist the foreign and domestic oppressor;
How soon my Lucy's race was run! in the dignity r! freedom, I would have fought upon the threshold
She died,-and left to me of my country and its enemy should enter-only by prasing over This heath, this calm, and quiet scene; mr lifeless cor re. Am I, wbo lived but for my country and wno The memory--of what has been, bave subjected myself to the dangers of the jealous and watchful And never more will be.- Wordsworth. uppressor, and the bon.lage of the grave, only to give my country. ren their rights, and my country her independence, and am In be good; not because men esteem it so. When
When thou dnest good, do it because it is beded with calumns, and not suffered to resent or repel it-No God forbid:
thou avoidest evil, flee from it because it is If the spir ton-of the illustrious dead-participate in the concerne, evil; not because, men speak against it. Be and care of thouse, who are dear to them—in this transitory life honest for the love of honesty, and thou shalt suurdwar und venerated shade of my departed father, kook down be uniformly so. He that doeth it without with scrutiny, upon the conduct of your suffering som; and see if il principle-is wavering.
787. CICERO's ORATION AGAINST VER. 728. MOLOCI'S ORATION FOR WAR. RES. I ask now, Verres, what have you to My sentence-is for open wur: of wises, advance against this charge? Will you pre- More unexpert, I boast not; them, let those iend to deny it? Will you pretend that any Contrive, who need; or, when they need; not not thing false, that even anything aggravated-is alleged against you? Had any prince, or For while they sit contriving, shall the rest, any state, committed the same outrage against Millions, that stand in arms, and longing, wait the privileges of Roman citizens, should we lhe signal 10 ascend, sit lingering here, not think we had sufficient reason-for de- Heaven's fugitives, and for their dwelling-place, claring immediate war against them? What Accept this dark, opprobrious den of shame, punishment, then, ought to be inflicted on a The prison of his iyranny, who reigns tyrannical and wicked prætor, who dared, at By our delay! No,-let us rather choose, no greater distance than Sicily, within sight of the Italian coast, to put to the infamous Armed with hell-flames, and fury, all at oncs, death of crucifixion, that unfortunate and O'er heaven's high towers, io force resiellesy way, innocent citizen, Publius Gavius Cosanus, Turing our tortures, into horrid arms only for his having asserted his privilege of Against the torturer; when, to meet the noise citizenship, and declared his intention of ap- of his almighty engine, he shall hear pealing to the justice of his country, against Infemal thunder; and, for lightning, see a cruel oppressor, who had unjustly confined Black fire and horror-shot, with equal rage, him in prison, at Syracuse, whence he had just made his escape? The unhappy man, ar- Among his angels: and his throne, itself, rested as he was going to embark for his na. Mixed with Tartarean sulphur, and strange fre, tive country, is brought before the wicked His own invented torments.-But, perhaps, prætor. With eyes darting fury, and a coun- The way seems difficult, and steep to scale, tenance distorted with cruelty, he orders the With upright wing, against a higher foe. helpless victim of his rage to be stripped, and Let such bethink them, if the sleepy drenci, rods to be brought; accusing him, but with of that forgetful lake—benumb not suli, out the least shadow of evidence, or even of suspicion, of having come to Sicily as a spy;
That in our proper motion, we ascend It was in vain, that the unhappy man cried Up to our native seat: descent, and fall, out, “ I am a Roman citizen, I have served To us--is adverse. Who, but felt of late, under Lucius Pretius, who is now at Panor- When the fierce foe-hung on our broken rear, mus, and will attest my innocence." The Insulting, and pursued us, through the deep, bloodthirsty prætor, deaf to all that he could with what compulsion, and laborious fight, urge in his own defence, ordered the infamous punishment to be indicted. Thus, fath- We sunk thus low!—The cent is easy then: ers, was an innocent Roman citizen public- The event is feared:-should we again provoke ly mangled, with scourging; whilst the only Our stronger, some worse way his wrath may find, words he uttered amidst his cruel sufferings To our destruction; if there be, in hell, were, “ I am a Roman citizen !" With these Fear to be worse destroyed.-- What can be worse, he hoped to defend himself from violence, Than todwell here, driven out from bliss.condemnu and infamy. But of so little service was this in this abhorred deep-to utter wo; privilege to him, that while he was asserting his citizenship, the order was given for his Where pain of unexuinguishable fire execution--for his execution upon the cross ! Must exercise us, without hope of end,
( liberty ! O sound, once delightful to eve- The vassals of his anger, when the scourge ry Roman ear! O sacred privilege of Ro- Inexorable, and the torturing hour man citizenship! once--sacred, now--trum- Call us to penance ?-Mcre destroyed than sus, pled upon! But what then! is it come to We should be quite abolished, and expire. this? Shall an inferior magistrate, a gover- What fear we then?--What doubt we to incense zor, who holds his power of the Roman ple, in a Roman province, within sight of It- His utmost ire! which, to his height, enraged, aly, bind, scourge, torture with fire and red- Will either quite consume us, or reduce hot plates of iron, and at last put to the infa- To nothing this essential; happier far, mous death of the cross, a Roman citizen? Than miserable to have eternal being ; Shall neither the cries of innocence, expiring Or, if our substance be indeed divine, in agony, nor the tears of pitying spectators, And cannot cease o be, we are, at worst, nor the majesty of the Roman commonwealth, nor the justice of his country, re- On this eido nothing; and, by proof, we see! strain the licentious and wanton cruelty of Our power sufficient,—to disturb his heaven, a monster, who, in confidence of his riches, And, with perpetual inroad, to alarm, strikes at the root of liberty and sets mankind Though inaccessible, his fatal throne; at detiance?
Which, if not victory, is yet revenge.--Mision, VANITY.
THIS WORLD. -0, vanily,
"Tis a sad world," said one, "a world of 2006, Ilow are thy painted beauties doted on,
Where sorrow-reigns supreme." Yet froin my By light and empty idiots! how pursued
The all-sustaining hope did not depart; (hear With open and extended appetite!
But, to its impulse irue, I answered—"No! How they do sweat and run themselves from breath, The world hath much of good-nor seldom, joy Raised on their toes, to catch thy airy forms, Over our spirits--broods with radiant eing; Still turning giddy, till they reel like drunkards,
Gladness from grief, and life from death may That buy the merry madness of one hour
Treasures are ours the grave cannot destroy;(springi With the long irksomeness of following time. Then chide not harshly-our instructress stern. Time flies and never dies.
Whose solemn lessons-wisdom bid's us learn
729. INFLUENCE OF THE WISE AND Goon. The scythe--had left the wilt ering grass, The relations between man, and man, cease And stretch'd the fading blossom not with life. They leave behind them their memory, their example, and the effects of
And thus, I thought with ma: .y a sigh, their actions. Their influence still abides with
The hopes—we fondly cherish, 03. Their names, and characters dwell in Like flowers, which blossom, but to dic, our thoughts, and hearts—we live, and com- Soem only born--10 perish. mune with them, in their writings. We en
Once more, at eve, ab road I stray'd, iny the benefit of their labors--our institutions have been founded by thein-we are
Through lonely hay-fields musing; surrounded by the works of the dead. Our
While every breeze, that round me play'd, knowledge, and our arts are the fruit of their Rich fragrance-was diffusing. toilmour minds have been formed by their The perfumed air, the hush of eve, instructions - we are most intimately con
To purer hopes appearirg, nected with them, by a thousand depend
O'er thoughts perchance 100 prone to grieve, encies. Those, whom we have loved in life, are still
Scatter'd the balm of healing. objects of our deepest, and holiest affections. For thus " the actions of the just," Their power over us remains. They are with When Memory hath enshrined them, us in our solitary walks; and their voices
E'en from the dark and silent dust speak to our hearts in the silence of midnight. Their image is impressed upon our dearest
Their odor leaves behind therr..-Barlon. recollections, and our most sacred hopes.
731. Public Faith. To expatiate on the They form an essential part of our treasure value of public faith-may pass—with some laid up in heaven for, above all, we are men, for declamation--to such men, I have st parated from them, but for a little time. nothing to say. To others, I will urge-can We are soon to be united with them. If we any circumstanco mark upon a people, more follow in the path of those we have loved, we, tend more to make men think themselves
turpitude and debasement? Can anything too, shall soon join the innumerable of “the spirits of just men made perfect.
mean, or degrade, to a lower point, their estiOur affections, and our hopes, are not buried mation of virtue, and their standard of action ! in the dust, to which we commit the poor re
It would not merely demoralize mankind, mains of mortality. The blessed retain their it tends to break all the ligaments of society, remembrance, and their love for us in heaven; to dissolve that mysterious charm which atand we will cherish our remembrance, and tracts individuals to the nation, and to inspire, our love for them, while on earth.
in its stead, a repulsive ser e or shame and Creatures of imitation, and sympathy as
disgust. we are, we look around us for support, and
What is patriotism? Is it a narrow affeccountenance, even in our virtues. We recur tion for the spot, where a man was born ? for them, most securely, to the examples of Are the very clods, where we tread, entitled the dead. There is a degree of insecurity, to this ardent preference, because they are and uncertainty about living worth. The greener? No, sir, this is not the character of stamp has not yet been put upon it, which the virtue, and it soars higher for its object. precludes all change, and seals it up as a just It is an extended self-love, mingling with all object of admiration for future times. There the enjoyments of life, and twisting itself with is no greater service, which a man of com- the minutest filaments of the heart. manding intellect can render his fellow crea- It is thus-we obey the laws of society, belures, than that of leaving behind him an un. cause they are the laws of virtue. In their spotted example.
authority we see, not the array of force and If he do not confer upon them this benefit; / terror, but the venerable image of our coun. if he leave a character, dark with vices in the try's honor. Every good citizen makes that sight of God, but dazzling qualities in the honor his own, and cherishes it, not only as view of men; it may be that all his other se precious, but as sacred. lle is willing to risk vices had better have been forborne, and he his life in its defence, and is conscious, that had passed inactive, and unnoticed through he gains protection wbile he gires it. For, life. It is a dictate of wisdom, therefore, as what rights of a citizen will be deemed ina well as feeling, when a man, eminent for his violable, when a state renounces the princivirtues and talents, has been taken away, to ples, that constitute their security ? collect the riches of his goodness, and add
Or, if this life should not be invaded, what them to the treasury of human improvement. would its enjoyments be in a country, odious 'The true christian-liveth not for himself; in the eyes of strangers, and dishonored in and it is thus, in one respect, that he dieth | his own? Could he look-with affection and flot for himself.-- Norton.
veneration, to such a country as his parent?
The sense of having one--would die within 730. HUMAX LIFE,
him; he would blush for his patriotism, if he I walk'd the fields-at morning's prime, retained any, and justly, for it would be a vice. The grass--was ripe for inowing:
He would be a banished man--in his native The sky-lark-sung his matin chime,
land.--Fisher Ames. And all-was brightly glowing.
If thou well observe
The rule of not loo much, by temperance laughi, u And thus." I cried, the “ ardent boy,
In what thou eat'st and drink'st.seeking from thenco His pulse, with rapture beating,
Due nourishment, not gluttonous delight, Deems life's inheritance-his joy
Till many years over thy head return: The future-proudly greeting."
So mayst thov live, till, like ripe fruit, thou drop i wandered forth at noon :-alas!
Into thy mother's lap, to be with ease On ea-il's materal bosom
Gather'd, not harshly pluck'd, in death matunz.