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and ruin each other. Let démagogues' come hot from their conclave' of evil spirits, “cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war," and do you be mad enough to be those mad dogs, and permit yourselves to be hounded upon us by them.
THO is it that mourns for the days that are gone,
When a noble could do as he liked with his own? When his serfs,' with their burdens well filled on their backs Never dared to complain of the weight of a tax? When his word was a statute,' his nod was a law, And for aught but bis “order” he cared not a straw? When each had his dungeon and rack for the poor,
And a gibbet to hang a refractory' boor?"
Was a man that was born for the popular hate ;
And to scourge'"them was thought a king's license from heaven. 3. They were days when the sword settled questions of right,
And Falsehood was first to monopolize" Might;
Děm' a gogue, a leader of the times thejointsare drawnoutof place. people, especially one who controls 6 Gibbet, (jib' bet), a kind of gal. the multitude by deceitful arts; an lows, consisting of an upright post artful political speaker.
with an arm extending out from the * Cón' clāve, a private room or top, on which formerly the worst meeting; a close assembly.
criminals were hung in chains, and Serfs, (sérfs), servants or slaves. left exposed. 4 Stăt' ute, an act of the legisla- 'Re frăct'ory, stubborn; resist ture of a state or country, declaring, ing authority; ungovernable. commanding, or forbidding some- Boor, a countryman; a peasant. thing ; a special law.
Pound' ed, put into a pound, an • Rack, an instrument used to in- inclosure for stray cattle; confined. flict severe pain, consisting of a large 10 Scourge, (skérj), beat, whip. frame, upon which the body of thesuf. 11 Mo nop'o lize, to get entire ferer is slowly stretched until some possession of.
THE DAYS THAT ARE GONE.
When the fighter of battles was always adored,
A gòd in his life, and a saint in his death. 4. They were days when the headsman' was always prepared
The block ever ready—the ax ever bared ;
And martyrs* were burn'd half a score at a time. 5. They were days when the gallows' stood black in the way,
The larger the town, the more plentiful they ;
Were strung up together-again and again. 6. They were days when the crowd had no freedom of speech,
And reading and writing were out of its reach;
| Hěads’man, an executioner; one Ap pēased, made calm or quiet ; who cuts off heads.
pacified. * Aye, (d), always; forever.
Stől' id, stupid ; dull; heavy. 3 Smöl' der, burn and smoke with- 8 Bíg ot rý, headstrong or blind out flame or vent.
attachment to a particular belief * Martyrs, witnesses, who sacri- or practice; unreasonable zeal or ficed their lives or property for the warmth in favor of a party, sect, or truth, or to sustain a cause.
opinion. • Gallows, (går lus).
Swathed, wrapped; bound.
AR is the work, the element, or rather the sport and tri.
umph of Death, who glories not only in the extent of his conquest,' but in the richness of his spoil. In the other methods of attack, in the other forms which death assumes, the feeble and the agèd, who at the best can live but a short time, are usually the victims ; here they are the vigorous and the strong.
2. It is remarked by the most ancient of poets, that in peace children bury their parents, in war parents bury their children: nor is the difference small. Children lament their parents, sincerely, indeed, but with that moderate and tranquil sorrow, which it is natural for those to feel who are conscious of retaining many tender ties, many animating prospects.
3. Parents mourn for their children with the bitterness of despair ; the agèd parent, the widowed mother, loses, when she is deprived of her children, every thing but the capacity of suffering ; her heart, withered and desolate, admits no other object, cherishes no other hope. It is Rachel' weeping for her children, and refusing to be comforted, because they are not.
4. But, to confine our attention to the number of the slain would give us a very inadequate idea of the ravages of the sword. The lot of those who perish instantaneously may be considered, apart from the religious prospects, as comparatively happy, since they are exempt* from those lingering diseases and slow torments to which others are liable. We can not see an individual expire, though å stranger or an enemy, without being sensibly moved, and prompted by compassion to lend him every assistance in our power. Every trace of resentment vanishes in a momènt; every other emotion gives way to pity and terror.
5. In these last extremities, we remember nothing but the respect and tenderness due to our common nature. What a scene then must a field of battle present, where thousands are left without assistance, and without pity, with their wounds exposed to the piercing air, while the blood, freezing as it flows,
Conquest, (kong' kwest), that * In åd' e quate, not sufficient; which is conquered or subdued. incomplete; defective.
* Rā' chel, see St. Matthew, chap- * Exempt, (egzemt), taken out of ter II.
remored; free; not subject to
binds them to the earth, ămid the trampling of horses, and the insults of an enraged foe!
6. If they are spared by the humanity of the enemy, and carried from the field, it is but a prolongātion of torment. Conveyed in uneasy vehicles, often to a remote distance, through roads almost impassable, they are lodged in ill-prepared receptacles' for the wounded and the sick, where the variety of distress baffles all the efforts of humanity and skill, and renders it impossible to give to each the attention he demands.
7. Far from their native home, no tender assiduities of friendship, no well-known voice, no wife, or mother, or sister, is near to soothe their sorrows, relieve their thirst, or close their eyes in death! Unhappy man! and must you be swept into the grave unnoticed and unnumbered, and no friendly tear be shed for your sufferings, or mingled with your dust?
8. We must remember, however, that as a věry small proportion of a military life is spent in actual combat, so it is a very small part of its miseries which must be ascribed to this source. More are consumed by the rust of inactivity than by the edge of the sword ; confined to a scanty or unwhõlesome diet, exposed in sickly climates, harassed with tiresome marches and perpetual alarms; their life is a continual scene of hardships and dangers. They grow familiar with hunger, cold, and watchfulness. Crowded into hospitals and prisons, contagion spreads among their ranks, till the ravages of disease exceed those of the enemy.
9. We have hitherto adverted to the sufferings of ose only who are engaged in the profession of arms, without taking into our account the situation of the countries which are the scene of hostilities. How dreadful to hold every thing at the mercy of an enemy, and to receive life itself as a boon dependent on the sword! How boundless the fears which such a situation must inspire, where the issues of life and death are determined by no known laws, principles, or customs, and no conjecture can be formed of our destiny, except so far as it is dimly deci
* Recěp'ta cles, reservoirs ; hous to another by contact or touch; any es, any thing capable of receiving disease which spreads or communior holding.
cates by touch. ? As si dū' i ties, daily or constant Boon, that which is asked or attentions.
given as a benefit or favor; a gift. s Con tā' gion, the act of trans- Issues, (sh'sh8z), passages ; outmitting a disease from one person lets.
phered in characters of blood, in the dictates of revenge, and the caprices of power!
10. Conceive, but for a moment, the consternation' which the approach of an invading army would impress on the peaceful villages in our own neighborhood. When you have placed yourselves for an instant in that situation, you will learn to sympathize with those unhappy countries which have sustained the ravages of arms.
But how is it possible to give you an ideä of these hõrrors ?
11. Here you behold rich harvests, the bounty of Heaven, and the reward of în'dustry, consumed in a moment, or trampled under foot, while fămîne and pestilence follow the steps of desclation.” There the cottages of peasants given up to the flames, mothers cxpiring through fear, not for themselves, but their infants ; the inhabitants flying with their helpless babes in all directions, miserable fugitives on their native soil!
12. In another part you witness opulent: cities taken by storm ; the streets, where no sounds were heard but those of peaceful industry, filled on a sudden with slaughter and blood, resounding with the cries of the pursuing and the pursued; the palaces of nobles demolished ;* the houses of the rich pillaged, and every age, sex, and rank, mingled in promiscuous massacre and ruin!
62. BATTLE FIELDS, OR VULTURES' SHAMBLES.
S I was sitting within a hollow rock, and watching my
sheep that fed in the valley, I heard two vultures crying to each other on the summit of the cliff. Both voices were earnèst and deliberate. My curiosity prevailed over my care of the flock. I climbed slowly and silently from crag to crag, concealed among the shrubs, till I found a cavity' where I might sit and listen without suffering or giving disturbance.
Con'stor nā'tion, excessive fear. 6 Pil laged, stripped of money or * Děs'o lā' tion, act of laying goods by open force; robbed. waste; destruction.
* Massacre, (mås' a ker), slaugh. • Op' u lent, wealthy; rich. ter; destruction; murder.
* De molished, thrown or pulled Căvitý, a hollow space; ad down; pulled to pieces.