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comprehending a full and noble meaning: Shall the son of the very man whom we haVe dealt well with, in the way of business, violate the law of hospitality, and strike the first wound in the very vitals of our honour and happiness? even in the reputation of our sister? Can we, O father, be so lost to the duties of a brother, as to fee her polluted, and in her, all our family, without punishing the ravisher? Forbid it, Courage, forbid it, Virtue! Heavens, shall cur sister, the sister of the sons of Jacob; of Jacob, who hath contended with angelic natures, and prevailed—shall they basely bear a stain and an ignomy like this, without redress? No, my father! the spirit, the paternal spirit, nay, the very inspiration of the Deity is in us, and urged us to the slaughter—to the sacrifice, we should have said; for lo! the victim lies bleeding before thee. • • • • i'
Such is the language of true intrepidity: "Should he deal with our sister as with an "harlot?" Though I would not be thought
to to recommend bloodshed, yet I can scarce avoid proposing the noble conduct of these young men as a pattern of imitation. He, who violates the chastity of a woman, is by so much the more infamous, and deserving of death, than the man who plants a pistol at the bosom, as a crime which is liable to the justice of the laws, is less safe, and less mischievous, than that* which Involves in the disgrace of one, the disgrace also of a numerous family, and for the most part,- a wide and insulted circle of connections. Yet where, except in the sword of a parent, or a brother, where is a redress for this grievance? Ravishment, indeed, is cognizable; but where is the legal punishment for the more frequent and more fatal effects of underminingy^«#/0«.? of ruin in the form of love, and treachery bewitchingly arrayed in the shape of reciprocal. tenderness? Where, but in the bosom of bravery}i is the scourge for that accumulated injury,. which alienates the kindest relatives ;. which entices the daughter from the house of her father, till^ by degrees, she becomes an inhabitant habitant'of a brothel, passes away the days of beauty and youth, amidst disease and wretchedness, and at length dies, untimely, a nuisance to the street? If then the laws of the land have no provision against the increase of this sorest of all human violations, what is the natural succedaneum? The arm of Vengeance! And yet, are we not forbidden to abstain from blood, on any provocation? We are, and we should be: A moment's reflection convinces us, that the inhibition is founded in the law of eternal rectitude. It is mans' to err, and to mend; be it God's, to punish and to pardon.
AND BELAH DIED, AND Jabob REIGNED IN HIS STEAD.
And Jabobjjied, Andhvsham Eiignid In HJS Stead.
AND HuSIlAM DIED, AND Hadad REIGNED IN HIS STEAD.
f~\ N E may apply to these monarchs an ^-^ expression some where in the famous Spectators; since no farther mention is made of them, than that they were born on one day, and were buried on another.
"Belah died, and Jabob reigned in his "stead." What an astonishing contemplation is the rife and fall of the children of men! How are we struck in the history of the world, with empires that once flourished, and nations, whose people are no more! One man drops the sceptre, and another