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733. NO EXCELLENCE WITHOUT LABOR, But 10 act, that each to-morrow The education, coral, and intellectual, or Find us farther-than 10-da;. etery individual, must be, chieily, his own
Aruis long, and time is fleeting, work. Rely upon it, that the ancients were right--Qrique xulxp fortunæ fubuer-both in
And our hearts, though stout and lirave, morals, and intellect, we give their final shape
Sull, like mutiled druins, are beaung to our own charcters, and thus become, em Funeral marches-10 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, In the bivouac of life, who have had precisely the same opportunities, should be continually presenting us,
Be not like dumb, driven caitle! with such diilercnt results, and rushing to
Be a hero-in the strise! such opposite destinies? Dillerence of talent Trust not future, howe'er pleasant! will not solve it, because that difference very
Let the dead past--bury its dead' orten is in favor of the disappointed candidate.
Acts-act in the living present! you shall see, issuing froin the walls of the
Heart-within, and God--v'er hearl. sulle collescay, sometimes from the bosom oi' the same timily-two young men, of whom Lives of great men-all remind us the one---shall be admitted to be a venius of We can make our lives sublime, bizh 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 tirne; sinking and perishing in poverty, obscurity, and wretchedness; while, on the other hand, Footsteps, that perhaps another, you shall observe the mediocre, plodding his Sailing o'er lite's solemn main, slow, but sure way-up the bill of life, gain A forlor and shipwreck'd brother, 194 steadfast footing at every step, and mount Seeing, shall lake heart again. ins, at length, to eminence and distinction, all ornament to his family, a blessing to his
Let us, then, he up and doing, country. Now, whose work is this! Mani
With a heart for any fate; testly their own. They are the architects of Still achieving, still pursuing, their respective fortunes. The best seminary Learn to lator, and to wail.-- Longfellow. or learning, that can open its portals to you, 724. DIGNITY OF HUMAN NATURE. In can do no more than to allord 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 sperk, from observation, a certain tvorable to mankind! On the one hand, we truth: there is no excellence without great see a creature, whose thoughts-are not limlabor. Ii is the fiat of fate, from which no ited, by the narrow bounds, cither of place, pouver 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 become around a candle, till it scorches itself to death. this globe, to the planets, and heavenly line Il genios be desirable at all, it is only of that dies; looks backward--to consider the first sitat and magnanimous kind, which, like the origin of the human race; casts his eyes forcondor of South America, pitches from the ward--to see the intluence of his actions up summit 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 your pyreal region, with an enervy-rather invig. hence: a creature, who traces causes and er Oraied, than weakened, by the ellort. It is ferts--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, anıt makes liis very errors w! wide-spreading comprehension of mind, profitable. On the other land, we are prean 1 those long reaches of thought, that sented with a creature--the very reverse of "-Pluck bright honor from the pale-faced moon, ings to a few sensible objects which sure
this; limnited in its observations and reasor. Or five into the bottom of the deep, lite laihem line could never touch the ground, round it ; without curiosity, without foresight, And drag up drowned honor by the locks '? blindly conducted by instinct, and arrivin., This is the prowess, and these the hardy beyond whics-it is never able to advaners
in a very short time, at its utmost perfect, achievements which are to enroll your names si le step. What a difference is there is anong the great men of the earth. - Ilirt.
twixt these creatures! and bow exalted a 723. LIFE IS REAL.
notion must we entertain of the former in Tell me not-in mournful numbers,
comparison of the latter.-Ilumi. Life-is but an empty dream!
SU'RE REWARDS FOR VIRTTE. For the soul is dead--that slumbers,
There is a morning to the tomb's long night, And things are not what they scem.
A dawn of glory, a reward in heaven,
lle shall not gain, who never merited. Life is real! Life is earnest !
If thou didst know the worth of one good deert And the graves not its goal;
In life's last hour, thou wouldst not bid me lose Dust thou art, to dust returret,
The power to benefit. II bui save
A drowning fly, I shall not live in vain.
I had rather ree some women praised extraordina Is our destined end. and way,
narily, than to see any of them suffer by detraction BRONSON. 20
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725. EMMET'S VINDICATION-IN FULL. I hare, also, un lerstood that judges, sometimes, think it their dom My LordsWhat have I to say, why sentence of death should to hear, with patience, and to speak with humanity ; to exist not be le pronounced on me, according to law? I have nothing
the victim of the laws, and to offer, with tender benignity, hes to say, that can alter your predetermination, nor that it will be opinions of the motives, by which he was actuated in the crine, a come me to say, with any view to the mitigation of that sentence, which he had been adjudged guilly : that a judge has thought which you are here to propounce, and I must abide by. But I have his duty so to have done, I have no doubt-but wbere is the b.mx that to say, which interests me more than life, and which you have ed freedom of your institutions, where is the vaunted impartiainen hbəred, (as was necessarily your office in the present circumstan- clementy, and mildness of your courts of justice? if an unfortunat res of this oppressed country,) to destroy. I bave much to say, prisoner, whom your policy, and not pure justice, is about to delio why my reputatiou should be rescued--from the load of false ac er into the hands of the executiouer, is not suffered to explair. L. cusation and calumny, which has been heaped upon it. I do not motives, sincerely avd truly, and to vindicate the principles, boy Imagine that, weated 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 justie, to to utter-I have no liripes, that I can anchor niy character in the
a man's mind by humilivion-to the purposed imoming of the breast of a court, constituted and trimmeled as this is--I only wish, scaffold ; but worse to me than the purpored sbame, or the stab
1 the utmost I expe.., that your lordships--may suffer it to fold's terrors, would be the shame of such foul and unfounded in Brat down your memories, untainted by the foul Irath of preju putations--as have been laid against me in this court : you, toy dice, until it finds some more hospitable harbor-lo sneller it from lord, are a judge, I am the supposed culprit; I am a nan, fou am ibe storm, by which it is al present buffetel. Was I only to suffer a man, also; by a revolution of power, we might change places death, after being adjudged guilty by your tribunal -- I should bow though we never couli change characters; if I stand at the bar in silence, and meet the fate that awaits me, without a niurmur
this court, and dare not vindicate my character, what a farce to 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 by tioner, will, through the ministry of that law, labor, in its own character, bow dare you calumniate it? Does the sentence of vinrlication, to consign my character to obloquy--for there must be death, wbich your uphallowed policy inflicts upon my body, ale milt womewhere: whether the sentence of the court, or in the
condemn my tongue to silence, and my reputation to repimacha catastrophy, posterity must determine. A man, in my situation, Your cxecutioner may abridge the period of my existence, tut my lords, has not culy to encounter the intsulties 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 nian to whom fame in gated, but the difficulties of established prejudice. --The man dies, dearer than life, I will inke the last use of that life, in doing juun but his memory lives : that mine may not perish, that it may live, tice to that reputation, which is to live afer me, and which is the in the respect of my countrymen, I seize upon this opportunity-! only legacy i can leave to tbnse 1 honor and love, and for whao I ndicate myself from some of the charges alleged against me. am proud to perish. As mea, my lord, we must appear on the When my spirit shall be waftol to a more friendly port; when my great day, at one common tritual, and it will then remain--for the shade shall have joined the bands of those martyred heroes, who
searcher of all hearts-to show a collective universe, who was
ook down, with complacency, on the destruction of that perfidi. the law.)
scribes that you should ask the question; the form also presude
pronounced at the castle, before your jury was enopanelled; your I appeal to the in:maculate Cod-I swear by the thmne lonishipa are Lut the priests of the oracle, and I submit; but Iina of fleaven), 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 copduct
(Here the court desired him to proceed.) bas been, through all this peril, and all my purposes, governed on. I am charged with being an emissary of France ! An emissan ly, by the convictions which I have uttered, and by no other view,
of France! And for what end? It is alleged that I wis et to than that of their cure, and the emancipation of my country-- from the independence of my country! And for what end? Was t... the superinhuman oppression, under which she has so long, and too the object my ambition! And is this the nely which a in patiently travailed; and that I cor filently and assuredly hope, that, bunal of justice reconciles contradictions? No, I am no emissiry; mild and chimerical v it nay appear, there is still union and and my ambition was--to boli a place among the delivers of iny strength in Ireland to acromplish this nol lest enterprise. of this, country; not in power, nor in profit, but in the glory of the achieve. I speak with the conflerce of intimate knowledge, and with the ment! Seli my country's independence to France! Anul for what, condation that apperturs to that confidence. Think bot, my
Was it for a change of masters? No! Tut fer ambition! 0.ny dropd, I any this for the petty gratification of giving you a transitory country, was it personal ambition that muld influebce me! Die beasidess; a man, who rever yet raised his voice to askert a lie, been the soul of my actions, could I not, by Diy elucation and fortion will not hazard his character with posterity, by asserting a falsehood by the rank and consideration of my family, biare placed mivell on a subject, so important to his country, and on an occasion like among the prudest of my oppresents? My country was diy id ! this. Yes, my ords, a man who does not wish to have bis epitaph to it I sacrificed every selfish, every endearing sentimient; and A. written, until his country's liberalel, will not leave a weapon in it, I now offer op my life. O Go!! No, my lond; I acted as at. the power of eney; nor a pretence to impeach the probity, which Irishnan, determined on delivering ny crintry-- from the vde be means to preserve, ever in the grave-to which tyranny con of a foreign, and unrelenting tyranny, and from the more ga!! Man singtos him.
yoke of a domestic faction, which is its joint partner and perpe (Here, he was again interrupted, by the court.]
trator, in the particide, for the izoominy of existing with an este Again, I say, that wha:) bure spoken, was not intended for your rior of splendor, and of conscious deprarity. It was the wis Jordship, whose situation I commiserate---rather than envy-my my heart to extricate my country, from this doully riveted despi expressions were for my countrymen: if there is a true Irish ism. mas present, let my last words cheer him in the hour of his afflic I wished to place her independence beyond the reach of any. tion
er on earth; I wished to exalt you to that prud stair in the work. Here, he was a "ain imemipted. Lord Norlory said he did Connection with France was indeed inported, I ut only as fos 24 of sit there to hear Irniso.)
mutual interest would sanction, or require. Werentey in assene I have always underart it to be the duty of a judge, when a any authority, inconsistent with the purest independence, it muld einer has been convic-d, to pronouncr the sentence of the law: be the signal for their destructiou ; se sought and, and we wought
we had assurances we should obtain it; as ausiliaries, in war- bave, even for a momevt, deviated from those principles of the and allies, in peace.
rality and patriotism, which it was your care to justill inte muy Were the French to come as invaders, or enemies, uninvited youthful mind; and for which I am now to offer up my life. try the wishes of the people, I should oppose them to the utmost of
My londs, you are impatient for the sacrifice the blood, which B.y strength. Yes, my countrymen, I should advise you to meet you seß, is not concealel by the artificial terror which surrona thetn on the beach, with a sword in one hand, and a torch in the your victim; it circulates warmly and unriffled, through the char other; I would meet them with all the destructive fury of war; nels, which God created for boble purposes, but which you are loent and I would animate my countrymen to immolate them in their
to destroy, for purposes $0 grievous, that they cry to heaven kuts, bel re they had contaminated the soil of my country. If they Be yer patient! I have but a few words more to say.-I au going acceeled in landing, and if forced to retire before superior discie to my cold and silent grave: my limp of life-is nearly extin. pline, I would dispute every inch of ground, burn every blade of guished; Diy race is run: the grave opens to receive me, and I 6728, and the last intrenchment of liberty should be my grave. sink into its borm! I have but one request to ask at my departure What I could not do iny sell, if I should fall, I should leave as a from this world, it is the charity of its silence!-Let no man w.. lagt charge to my countrymca to accomplish; Lecause I should
my epitaph : for, as no man, w bo knows my motives, dare no feel Cuscious that life, any more than death, is unprobtable, when vindicate them, let not prejulice or ignorance asperse them. Let frien nation holds my country in subjection.
them, and me, repose in obscurity, and peace, and nıytomb remain But it was not as an enemy--that the succors of France were to uninscribed, until other times, and other men, can do justice to my hand looked indeed for the assistance of France; but I wished to
character: when my country takes her place among the nations of prve 3 France, and to tbe world, that Irishmen--deren to be as.
the earth, then-and not till then-let my epitaph be written-1 Estet! That they were indiquant at slavery, and ready to assert have done, the indepewicace and liberty of their country.
720. LUCY. I wished to procure for my country the guarantee, which Wash.
Three years she grew, in eun, and shower, icgton procured for America. To procure an aid, which, by its
Then, Nature said, “a lovelier flower, sample, would be as important as its valor; disciplinel, gallant, pregnant with science and experience; who would perceive the
On earth, was never sown; ful, and polish the rough points of our character; they would This child I, to myself, will inke; ome to us as 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. ceive new task-masters, but to expel old tyrants; these were my View, and there only became Irishmen. It was for these erds I Myself will, to my darling, be vaght and from France, Lecause France, even as an enemy, could Both law, and impulse: and with me, mot be more implacable than the enemy already in the bosona of my The girl, on rock and plain, country. [He he was interrupted 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. ambination of Irishmen, or, as your lordship expressed it, "the
She shall be sportive, as the fawn, life and blood of conspiracy." You do me honor over-much: You have given to the subaltern-all the credit of a superior. There
That, 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 oron conceptions of yoursel, ny 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 ine calmpepectful deference, and who would think themselves dishonored
Of mute, insensate things. be called your friend-who would not disgrace themselves by shaking your Hood-stained band
The floating clouds--their state shall lend (Here he was interrupted.]
To her; for her—the willow bend; What, my lord, shall you tell me, on tbe passage to that scaff H, Nor, shall she fail to see, * Pich that tyranny, of which you are only the intermediary execu
Even in the motions of the storm, tioner, has erected for my murder,--that I am accountable for all the blood that har, and will be shed, in this struerle of the oppres
Grace, that shall mould the maiden's forin, mod-against the oppressor-shall you tell me this and must I be By silent sympathy. very a wave-as not to repel it?
The stars of midnight--shall be dear I do not fear to approach the omnipotent Julge, to answer for the ernduct of my whole life; and am I to be appalled and falsified
To ber; and she shall lean her ear, by a mere remnant of mortality here? by you too, who, il it were
In many a secret place, psvit le to collect all the iunocent blood that you have shed in your Where rivulets dance their wayward round; erhallowed ministry, in one great reservoir, your lordship might And beauty, born of murmuring sound, swim in it. (Here the judge interfered.)
Shall pass into her face. Let no man dare, when I ain dead, to charge me with dishonor ! And vital feelings of delight kot no man attaint my memory, by believing that I coult have en Shall rear her form--to slately height, cuced 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, in the oppression, or the miseries, of my countrymen. The pro
Such thoughis, 10 Lucy, I will give, tamarina of the provisional government speaks for our views; Do
While she, and I, together live, infereuce can be tortured from it, to countenance barlarity, or oe.
Here, in this happy dell." basement at home, or subjection, bumiliation, or treachery from Thus Nature spake.—The work was done miroad; I would not have submitted to a forcign oppressor, for the
How soon my Lucy's race was run! mume reason that I woull resist the foreign and domestic oppressor; in the dignity of freedom, I would have fought up the thresholt
She died, and left to me of my country, and its eremy should enter-only by passing ovat
This heath, this calm, and quiet scene; By lifeless corpse. Am I, who lived but for my country, and wno The memory--of what has been, bare subjected myself to the dangers of the jealous and watchful And never more-will be.- Vordsworth. oppressor, and the bondage of iks grave, only to give my country. med their rights, and my country her independence, and am I to be
When thou docst good, do it because it is
When Indol with calumoy, an! not suffered to resect or repelli-No good; not because men esteem it so. Garbid !
Thou 'avoidest cvil, flee from it because it is If the spirits--of the illustrious deal-participate in the concerns, evil; not because men speak arainst it. He mod cares of tłu se, wbo are dear to them--in this transitory life-0 honest for the love of honesty, and thou shalt per dear-and venerated shade of my departed father, look down
be uniformly so. He that doeth it without with scrutiny, upon the conduct of your settering so; and se il il principlcis wavering.
27. CICEno's ORATION AGAINST VER. 728. MOLOCH'S ORATION FOR WAR. PES. I ask now, Verres, what have you to My seniece-is for open war: of whes, a Ivance against this charge? Will you pre- More unexpert. I boast hot; them, let those tend to deny it? Will you pretend that any contrive, who need; or, when they need: DOLBOW 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 The signal 10 ascend, sit lingering here, not think we had sufficiere reason--for de- Heaven's fugiures, and for their dwelling-place, claring immediate uar against them? What Accept this dark, opprobrious den of shame, punishment, then, ought to be indlicted on a The prison of his tyranny, who reigns iyrannical and wicked prætor, who dared, at 110 greater distance than Sicily, within sulit By our delay! No,-let us rather choose, vi the Italian coast, to put to the infamous Armed with hell-flames, and fury, all at once, death of crucifixion, that unfortunate and Oer heaven's brighi towers, to force resisiless way, innocent citizen, Publius Gavius Cosanus, Turning our tortures, imo horrid asmsonly 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 Infernal thunder; and, for lightning, see a cruel oppressor, who had unjustly contined Biaek 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, itsell, rested as lie was going to embark for his na
Mixe with Tartarean sulphur, and strange fire, tive country, is brought before the wicked His own invented tormen's.--But, perhaps, prætor. With eyes darting fury, and a coun- The way seems ditliculi, and steep 10 scale, tenance distorted with cruelty, be orders the With upright wing against a bigher toe. belpless victim of his rage to be stripped, and Lei such bethink them, if the sleepy drench, rods to be brought; accusing him, but without the least shadow of evidence, or even of Of that forgetful lake-benumb not sull, 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 sent: descent, and fall, out, “ I am a Roman citizen, I have served To us--is adverse. Who, bu felt of late, uler Lucius Pretius, who is now at Panor- When the fierce foc-hung on our broken rear, mus, and will attest my innocence." The Insulting, and parsued us, through the deep, bloodthirsty prætor, deat' to all that he could with what compulsion, and lal orious fight, mrke in luis own defence, ordered the infa-! nous punishment to be intlicted. Thus, fath. We sunk thus low !--The ascent is easy then : ers, was an innocent Roman citizen public- ||
The event is feared:-slould we again provoke lv muled, with scoursing; whilst the only : Our strougar, some worse way his wrath may find, words he uttered amidst his cruel rullerings To our destruction; if there be, in heil, were', “I am a Roman citizen !" With these Fear to lie worse destroyed.-- What can be worse, he hoped to deti'nd himself from vioience, Than to dwell here, driven out from bliss,condemnd and infamy. But of so little service was this
In this allorred deep--so utter wo; pois de etishini bila bile
he was assertins citizenship, the order was given for his Where pain of unextinguishable fire execution--for his execution upon the cross! Must exercise us, withoui hope of end,
O liberty! (sound, once delightful to eve- ' The vassals of his anger, when the scourge ry Roman car! O sacred privileze of Ro- Inexorable, and the torturing hour man citizenship! once--sacred, now --irall Call us to penance ?---More destroyed than thus, pleil upon! But what then! is it come to We should be quite abolished, and expire. This! Shull an inferior magistrate, a cover
What fear we then! What doubt we so incense nor, who holds his power of the Roman prople, 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 iniserable 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 cense to be, we are, at worsi, por the majesty of the Roman common. On this side nothing; and. by proof, we feel wealth, nor the justice of his country, restrain the licentious and wanton cruelty of Our power sufficient.---o disturb his heaven, a monster, who, in confidence of his riches, And, with perpetual inrond, to alarm, strikes at the root of liberty and sets mankind Though inaccessible, his laial throne; at detiance !
Which, if not victory, is yet revenge.--Nixon VAXITY.
THIS WORLD. -0, vanity,
"Tis a sad world," said one, 'n world of woe, How are thy painted beauties doted on,
Where sorrow--reigns supreme," Yet from my Ry light and einpiy idols! how pursued
The all-sustaining hope did not depart: (henrt With open and extended appetite!
But, 10 its impulse true. I answered-"No! How they do sweat und run themselves from breath, The world hath murk of goodl--oor seblom. jou R::ised on their toes. to catch my airy forms, Over our spiriis-broods with radiant roing; Sulliurning giddy, till they reel like drunkards, Gladnaess from grief, and life fron denih inay That buy the merry madness of one hour Treasures are ours the gravecano destroy;(spring; With the long irksomeness of following time. Then chide not harshly---our instructress stern, Time flies and never dies.
Whose solema lssons- wisdom bids us leora"
729. INFLUENCE OF THE WISE AND Goop.! The scythe--had leît the withering grass, The relations between man, and man, cease And stretch'd the lading blossom. not with life. They leave behind them their memory, their example, and the elects of
And thus, I thought with many a sigh, their actions. Their intluence still abides with The hopes----We fondly cherisin, 18. Their names, and characters dwell in Like flowers, which blossom, but to die, our thoughts, and hearts--we live, and com Seem only bori-10 perish. mune with them, in their writings. We en
Once more, al eve, al soud I strayıl, joy the benefit of their labors-our institutions have been founded by them--we are
Through lonely hay-fields musing; surrounded by the works of the dead. Our
While every breeze, thai 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 appearing, nected with them, by a thousand depend
O'er thoughts perchance 100 prone to griere, encies. Those, whom we have loved in life, are still
Scatter'd the balm of healing. ohjects of our deepest, and hol est affections. For thus " the notions of the just," Their power over us remains. They are with When Memory hath enslırined them, us in our solitary walks; and their voices
J'en from the dark and silent dust *peali to our hearts in the silence of midnight. Their image is impressed upon our dearest
Their odor leaves behind them.-Baron. recollections, and our most sacred hopes.
731. PUBLIC Faith. To expatiate on the They form an essential part of our treasure
value of public taith--may pass—with sonic laid up in heaven For, above all, we are
men, for declamation--to such men, I have separated from them, but for a little time. nothing to say. To others, I will wree-cau We are soon to be united with them. If we any circumstance mark upon a people, more follow in the path of those we have loved, we, turpitude and debasement? Can anything too, shall soon join the innumerable company tend more to make men think themselves of “the spirits of just men made perfect.
mean, or desrade, to a lower point, their entiOur atfections, 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 aiand we will cherish our rememlurance, and tracts individuals to the nation, and to inspire, our love for them, while on earth.
in its stead, a repulsive sense of 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 afleecountenance, 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 decree of insecurity, to this ardeiit preference, because they are and uncertainty about living worth. The greener! No, sir, this is not the characier 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 lieart. manding intellect can render his fellow crea It is thus--we obey the laws of society, betures, than that of leaving behind him an un- authority we see, not the array of force and
cause they are the laws of virtue. in their spotted example.
It he do not conser upon them this benefit; terror, but the venerable image of our counif he leave a character, dark with vices in the try's honor. Every good citizen mahes 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 ser- precions, but as sacred. He is willing to risk vices had better have been forborne, and he his life in its detence, and is conscious, trat had passed inactive, and unnoticed through he gains protection while he gives it. For, life. It is a dictate of wisdom, therefore, as what rights of a citizen will be deemed in. 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 serurity ? collect the riches of his goodness, and add
Or, if this lite should not be vivaded, what them to the treasury of human improvement. would its enjoyments be in a country, Orious The true christian-liveth not for hiinself; 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 cot for himseli.-- Norton.
veneration, to such a country as his parent?
The sense of hiring one--would die within 730. HUMAN 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 mowing:
He would be a banished man--in his native The sky-lark--bung his matin chime,
land.--Fisher Ames. And all-was brightly glowing.
If thou well observe
The rule of not too much, by temperance taught, " And thus," I cried, the “ ardent boy,
In what thou ear'st and drink'si.seeking from thence His pulse, with rapiure seating,
Duc nouris!iment, not gluttonous delighi, Deems life's inheritance-his joy
Till many years over thy head return : The future-proudly greeting."
So mayst thou live. till, like ripe fruit, thou drop I wandered forth at noon :--alas!
Into thy mother's lap. to be with ease On earih's materal boxoin
Gatherd, not harshly pluck'u, in death mature.