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near and dear to him, the influence and the benefits of this liberty, and of these institutions. Let us, then, acknowledge the blessing; let us feel it deeply and powerfully; let us cherish a strong affection for it, and resolve to maintain and perpetuate it. The blood of our fathers, let it not have been shed in vain ; the great hope of posterity, let it not be blasted.
5. It cannot be denied, but by those who would dispute against the sun, that with America, and in America, a new era commences in human affairs. This era is distinguished by free, representative governments; by entire religious liberty; by improved systems of national intercourse ; by a newly awakened and an unquenchable spirit of free inquiry; and by a diffusion of knowledge through the community, such as bas been before, altogether unknown and unheard of America, America, our country, fellow-citizens, our own dear and native land, is inseparably connected, fast bound up, in fortune and by fate, with these great interests. If they fall, we fall with them; if they stand, it will be because we have upheld them.
[ Characters. --GLENALVON and NORVAL. See Personation, p. 202.] Glen. Has Norval seen the troops ?
Nor. The setting sun,
* Home, (John,) a clergyman and writer of Scotland, born in 1724, and died on 1208.
i llelm, for helmet, defensive armor for the head.
Corslet, or spear, glanced back his gilded beams.
Glen. Thou talk’st it well! no leader of our host,
Nor. If I shall e'er acquire a leader's name,
Glen. You wrong yourself, brave sir! Your martial deede
Nor. Sir! - I have been accustomed all my days
Glen. I did not mean
Nor. My pride!
Glen. Suppress it, as you wish to prosper : Your pride's excessive! yet, for Randolph's sake,
• Corslet, armor formerly worn by pikemon in battle, to protoct the body.
I will not leave you to its rash direction.
Nor. A shepherd's scorn!
Glen. Yes. If you presume
“ You are no match for me, What will become of you ?
Nor. Hast thou no fears for thy presumptuous self?
Glen. Unwillingly I did: a nobler foe
Nor. Whom dost thou think me?
Nor. So I am;
Glen. A peasant's son, — a wandering beggar boy,
no more, even if he speak the truth. Nor. False as thou art, dost thou suspect my truth?
Glen. Thy truth! Thou ’rt all a lie, and false as fiends Is the vain-glorious tale thou told'st to Randolph.
Nor. If I were chained, unarmed, or bed-rid old,
Glen. Dost thou not know Glenalvon born to rule
Nor. Villain ! — no more:Draw, and defend thy life. (They draw their swords.] I did design To have defied thee in another cause;
But Heaven accelerates its vengeance on thee.
[They fight.] [Enter Lord Randolph.] Lord Randolph. Hold! -I command you both : The man that stirs, makes me his foe.
Nor. Another voice than thine,
Glen. Hear him, my lord, he's wondrous condescending !
[Both sheathe their swords.)
Nor. Nay, my good lord, though I revere you much,
Lord R. Thus far, I'll mediate with impartial voice :
Glen. I agree to this.
• Cal-o-do'ni-e, the ancient name of Scotland.
Nor. And I do. (Exit Randolph )
Nor. Think not so lightly, sir, of my resentment;
LESSON XXVII. A RILL FROM THE TOWN PUMP. - HAWTHORNE. (Humorous. See rule 9, p. 186. Scene, the corner of two principal streets. The Town Pump talking through its nose.]
1. Noon, by the north clock! Noon, by the east! High noon, too, by these hot sunbeams, which fall, scarcely aslope, upon my head, and almost make the water bubble and smoke, in the trough under my nose. Truly, we public characters have a tough time of it! And, among all the town officers, chosen at March meeting, where is he that sustains, for a single year, the burden of such manifold duties as are imposed, in perpetuity, upon the Town Pump?
2. The title of “town treasurer” is rightly mine, as guardian of the best treasure that the town has. The overseers of the poor ought to make me their chairman, since I provide bountifully for the pauper, without expense to him that pays taxes. I am at the head of the fire department, and one of the physicians to the board of health. As a keeper of the peace, all water-drinkers will confess me equal to the constable. I perform some of the duties of the town clerk, by promulgating public notices, when they are pasted
front. 3 To speak within bounds, I am the chief person of the