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old sixty thousand are annually carted to a drunkard's grave. The streets of our cities echo to the shouts and oaths of drunken revellers, from whom society seeks protection through police regulations; and within hovel and mansion alike, not entirely smothered either by physical fear or social pride, is heard the sound of insane violence and wailing.

There are some who say the temperance movement isa sentimental affair, and that the reform will not go on. Tin rt'form will go on. Point me to a reform which ever stopped. Why, reform is motion, and motion ceaselessly acted upon by the impulse of acceleration; so is it with the temperance movement. From whatever standpoint you look at it, it is seen to be in exact harmony with the age;—nay, it is a part of the age Itself. The great civil revolution is to be supplemented with a great social revolution. God has so written it down. He has blessed the efforts of its friends until it has already taken a strong hold on the popular heart. Its champions are not fanatics ; they are not sentimentalists;—only terribly in earnest. Back of them are memories which will not let them pause. Broken circles, and ruined altars, and fallen roof-trees, and tha cold, sodden ashes of once genial fires, urge them on. No fear such men and women will falter, until you can take out of the human mind painful recollection; until you can make the children forget the follies and vices of the parents, over which they mounted to usefulness and to honor; until the memory will surrender from its custody the oaths of drunken blasphemy and the pains of brutal violence; until you can do these things, no man, no combination of men, can stop this reform. Its cause lies deep as human feeling itself. It draws its current from sources embedded in the very fastnesses of man's nature. The reform, then, will go on. It wil go on because its principles are correct and its progress bene ficent. The wave which has been gathering force and vol ume for these fifty years will continue to roll, because tin hand of the Lord is under and back of it, and the denuncia tions of its opponents, and the bribed eloquence of the mv principled, cannot check,—no, nor retard,—the onward movement of its flow. Upon its white crest thousands will be lifted to virtue and honor, and thousands more who put themselves in front of it will be submerged and swept away. The crisis through which this reform is passing will do good. It will make known its friends, and unmask its foes. The concussions above and around us will purify the atmosphere: and when the clouds have parted and melted away, we shall breathe purer air and behold sunnier skies.

We know not, indeed, what is ahead; what desertion of apparent friends may occur; what temporary defeat we may have to bear; nor against what intrigues we may be called upon to guard. For one, I count on the opposition of parties. I anticipate the double-dealing of political leaders. The cause more than once may be betrayed into the hands of its foes; more than once be deserted by those who owe to it whatever of prominence they have. But these reflections do not move me. They stir no ripple of fear on the surface of my hope. No good cause can ever be lost by the faithlessness of the unfaithful; no true principle of government overthrown by the opposition of its enemies; nor the progress of any reform, sanctioned by God and promotive of human weal, long retarded by any force or combination which can be marshaled against it. Over throne and proud empires the gospel has marched, treading bayonets, and banners, and emblems of royalty proudly under its feet; and out of that gospel no principle or tendency essential to the kingdom that is yet to be established on the earth can be selected so weak or so repugnant to fallen men as not to receive, ere thn coming of that kingdom, its triumphant vindication. On this rock I plant my feet, and from its elevation contemplate the future, as a traveler gazes upon a landscape waving in golden-headed fruitfulness underneath the azure of a cloudless sky.


One Biddy Brown, a country dame,

As 'tis by many told,
Went to a doctor—Drench by name—

For she had caught a cold.

And sad, indeed, was Biddy's pain,
The truth must be confest,

Which rfie to ease found all in vain,
For it was at her chest.

The doctor heard her case—and then,
Determined to assist her,

Prescribed—oh ! tenderest of men,
Upon her chest a blister!

Away went Biddy, and next day
She called on Drench again.

"Well, have you used the blister, pray,
And has it eased your pain?"

"Ah, zur," the dame, with curtsey cries,
"Indeed, I never mocks;

But, bless ye I I'd no chest the size.
So I put it on a box.

"But lal zur, it be little use,

It never rose a bit;
And you may see it if you choose,

For there it's sticking yet /"


The last wonts of this great and extraordinary man were, " My body to Ire land, Mi v heart to Itouio, and my Koul to God."

Bear it on tenderly,

Slowly and mournfully! That heart of a nation which pulsates no more, The fount that gushed ever with Freedom's high lore. Through years over Erin it brooded and wept, It watched while she slumbered, and prayed when she slept. And the Saxon rage'J on that their chains had not crushed The faith of a nativu whose harp they had hushed.

Bear it on tenderly,

Slowly and mournfully! It was broken at last when the famine-plague's glaive And the spivde turned the shamrock in grave after grave; When the angels of God turned weeping away From the want-stricken earth and its famishing clay, And the wail of the dying arose from the sod— The dying, those martyrs to faith and their God— Came like the wild knell of his hope's fairest day, la it strange that its life-tide ebbed quickly away?

Bear it on tenderly,

Slowly and mournfully! O God! how it struggled to burst the vile chaIn That fettered thee, Erin, but struggled in vain! How humble to God! to the Saxon what scorn! To thy friends true and loving, thy foes proud and stern! How strong, like a barrier of angels it stood, Crying, "Justice! we struggle for justice, not blood!" And in Christ's holy name chided back the mad throngs Who, indignant, were thirsting for blood for their wrongs.

Bear it on tenderly,

Slowly and mournfully! From Erin's sad sunset to Italy's light, Where the sunshine of glory hath sprung from the night, Where the golden-eyed spirit of Freedom's new birth, Aroused by a voice which thrills o'er the earth, Will with the fair angels keep vigils around thee, Rejoicing that, freed from the fetters that bound thee, Released from its anguish, its watchings, its weeping, It rests far above where its ashes are sleeping.

Yes; bear it on tenderly,

Slowly and mournfully 1 From Lough Foyle's dark waters to Shannon's broad wave To the rough Munster coast which the ocean tides lave, Comes a sad note of wailing; it swells like the sea, It sounds from the hill-tops, it shrieks o'er the lea! O Erin! 0 Erin! what crime hast thou done, That the light should be blotted away from thy sun, Thy faith be downtrodden, thy blessmgs all flee; And thy sons and thy daughters be martyred with thee?

Bear it on tenderly,

Slowly and mournfully!
Where sleep the apostles, where martyred saints rest,
Lay it tenderly down near the shrines of the blest;
For the spirit that lit up its casket of clay
Hath gone with the lustre of faith round its way,
Appealing before the tribunal of Heaven,
O Erin! for thee that thy chains may be riven,
And the day hasten on when the Saxon shall wonder,
And flee from the wrath of its answering thunder.


Twas in the flow'ry month of June,

The sun was in the west,
When a merry, blithesome company

Met at a public feast.

Around the room rich banners spread,

And garlands fresh and gay;
Friend greeted friend right joyously

Upon that festal day.

The board was filled with choicest fere;

The guests sat down to dine;
Some called for " bitter," some for " stout,"

And some for rosy wine.

Among this joyful company,

A modest youth appeared;
Scarce sixteen summers had he seen,

No specious snare he feared.

An empty glass before the youth

Soon drew the waiter near.
"What will you take, sir?"' he inquired,

"Stout, bitter, mild, or clear?

"We've rich supplies of foreign port,
We've first-class wine and cakes."

The youth with guileless look replied,
"I'll take what father takes."

Swift as an arrow went the words

Into his father's ears.
And soon a conflict deep wid strong

Awoke terrific fears.

The father looked upon his mm.

Then gazed upon the wine,
Oh God! he thought, were hu to taste.

Who could the end divine?

Have I not seen th l strongest fall,

The fairest led astrav?
And shall I on my only son

Bestow a curse this day?
No; heaven forbid!" Here, waiter, bring

Bright water unto me.
My son will take what father takes:

My drink shall water be."

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