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2. The attempt has begun, and is going on, far from foreign corruption, on the broadest scale, and under the most benig. nant prospects; and it certainly rests with us to solve the great problem in human society,—to settle, and that forever, the momentous' question,-whether mankind can be trusted with a purely popular : system of Government.
3. One might almost think, without extravagance," that the departed wise and good, of all places and times, are looking down from their happy seats to witness what shall now be done by us; that they who lavished their treasures, and their blood, of old,-who spake and wrote, who labored, fought and perished, in the one great cause of Freedom and Truth,—are now hanging, from their orbs on high, over the last solemn expěrimènt of humanity."
4. As I have wandered over the spots once the scene of their labors, and mused among the prostrate columns of their senatehouses and forums, I have seemed almost to hear a voice from the tombs of departed ages, from the sepulchres of the nations which died before the sight. They exhort us, they adjureus, to be faithful to our trust.
5. They implore us, by the long trials of struggling humanity; by the blessèd měmòry of the departèd ; by the dear faith which has been plighted by pure hands to the holy cause of truth and man; by the awful secrets of the prison-house, where the sons of freedom have been immured ;'° by the noble heads which have been brought to the block ; by the wrecks of time, by the eloquent ruins of nations,—they conjure us not to quench the light which is rising on the world.
· Be nig' nant, kind ; gracious ; round form ; especially, one of the favorable.
heavenly bodies; a sun, planet, or * Mo měnt oŭs, of moment or star. consequence; weighty; important. ? Hū măn' itý, mankind in gen
* Pop' u lar, pleasing, suitable, or eral; the human race. pertaining to the common people. 8 Förum, a market-place, or pub
* Ex trăv' a gance, the act of wan- lic place in Rome, where law causes dering beyond proper bounds; ex- were tried, and speeches made to cess, as in spending money too freely, the people. or using language that goes beyond • Adjūre', to charge, bind, comthe truth.
mand, beg, or entreat solemnly and 'Låv' ished, expended or gave earnestly, as if under oath. very freely.
10 Im mūred', shut up; inclosed Orb, a solid or hollow body of a within walls.
6. Greece cries to us by the convulsed lips of her poisoned, dying Demosthenes ;' and Rome pleads with us in the mute persuasion of her mangled Tully."
2. For on thy cheek the glow is spread
That tints thy morning hills with red ;
Thy hopeful eye
While safe thou dwellèst with thy sons!
Would rise to throw
4. There's freedom at thy gates, and rest
For Earth's down-trodden and oppressed ;
Power, at thy bounds,
Stops, and calls back his baffled hounds. De mos' the nes, the greatest of Marcus Tul' li ús Cic' e ro, Athenian orators and patriots, was an able writer, the greatest orator born about B. C. 385. After the de- of Rome, was born on the 3d of feat of the confederate Greeks by January, B. C., 106. He was murAntipater, he demanded the surren- dered by the soldiers of Antony, who der of Demosthenes, who thereupon cut off his head and hands, on the look poison, and died in 322.
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5. O fair young mother! on thy brow
Shall sit a nobler grace than now.
And as they fleet,
Shall brighten, and thy form shall tower ;
Before thine eye
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT.
1. E have been friends together, in sunshine and in shade, Since first beneath the chestnut-trees in infancy we
played. But cõldnèss dwells within thy heart, a cloud is on thy brow; We have been friends together ; shall a light word part us now?
2. We have been gay togěther ; we have laughed at little jests ; For the fount of hope was gushing warm and joyous in our breasts. But laughter now hath fled thy lip, and sullen glooms thy brow; We have been gay together ; shall a light word part us now?
3. We have been sad together; we have wept with bitter tears O'er the grass-grown graves, where slumbered the hopes of early
years. The voices which were silènt there would bid thee clear thy brow; We have been sad together; shall a light word part us now?
113. FORGIVE AND FORGET.
CHEN streams of unkindness as bitter as gall,
, And Meeknèss is writhing in torment and thrall,
By the hands of Ingratitude wrung-
While the anguish is festering yět,
“I now can forgive and forget."
And the lips are in penitence' steeped, With the wrong so repented the wrath will depart,
Though scorn on injustice were heaped ; For the best compensation is paid for all ill,
When the cheek with contrition’ is wet; And every one feels it is possible still
At once to forgive and forgět.
However his heart may forgive,
And but for the future to live :
Recollection the spirit shall fret,
Though we strive to forgive and forgět.
And mind shall be partner with heart,
And show thee how evil thou art :
How vast is that infinite debt!
Been swift to forgive and forget!
· Pěn' i tence, sorrow of heart on account of sins, crimes, or offenses.
2 Contrition, (kon trish'un), deep sorrow for sin; penitence,
5. Brood not on insults or injuries old,
For thou art injurious too-
For thou art unkind and untruo :
Now mercy with justice is met ;
Nor learn to forgive and forget?
Be quick to receive him a friend ;
Hot coals—to refine and åměnd ;
As a nurse on her innocent pet,
And whisper, Forgive and forget. M. F. TUPPER
114. THE HEADSTONE.
planks were removed from the heaped-up brink, the first rattling clods had struck their knell, the quick shoveling was over, and the long, broad, skillfully cut pieces of turf were aptly joined together, and trimly laid by the beating spade, so that the newest mound in the church-yard was scarcely distinguishable from those that were grown over by the undisturbed grass and daisies of a luxuriant spring.
2. The burial was soon over ; and the party, with one consenting motion, having uncovered their heads in decent reverence of the place and occasion, were beginning to separate, and about to leave the church-yard. Here, some acquaintances from distant parts of the parish, who had not had opportunity of addressing each other in the house that had belonged to the deceased,' nor in the course of the few hundred yards that the little procession had to move over from his bed to his grave,
De cēased', departed; dead.