An Oration Delivered Before the Cincinnati Astronomical Society, on the Occasion of Laying the Corner Stone of an Astronomical Observatory, on the 10th of November, 1843

Shepard & Company, 1843 - 72 páginas

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Página 14 - Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves ; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely...
Página 67 - That it be recommended to the respective assemblies and conventions of the united colonies, where no government sufficient to the exigencies of their affairs has been hitherto established to adopt such government as shall, in the opinion of the representatives of the people, best conduce to the happiness and safety of their constituents in particular, and America in general.
Página 46 - These feminine : for spirits, when they please, Can either sex assume, or both ; so soft And uncompounded is their essence pure ; Not tied or manacled with joint or limb, Nor founded on the brittle strength of bones, Like cumbrous flesh ; but, in what shape they choose, Dilated or condensed, bright or obscure, Can execute their aery purposes, And works of love or enmity fulfil.
Página 41 - Sit, Jessica : look, how the floor of heaven Is thick inlaid with patterns of bright gold'; There's not the smallest orb, which thou behold'st, But in his motion like an angel sings, Still quiring to the young-ey'd cherubins : Such harmony is in immortal souls ; But, whilst this muddy vesture of decay Doth grossly close it in5, we cannot hear it.
Página 67 - GOD, been initiated in those arts and sciences which qualified them for public employments, both in church and state; and whereas the encouragement of arts and sciences, and all good literature, tends to the honor of GOD, the advantage of the Christian religion, and the gteat benefit of this and the other United States of America...
Página 65 - ... of the skies — one tower erected on the bosom of the earth, to enable the keen-eyed observer of the heavenly vault, and the profound calculator of the infinite series, to watch, from night to night, through the circling year, the movements of the starry heavens, and their unnumbered worlds; and report to you, and to all the civilized race of man, the discoveries yet to be revealed to the tireless and penetrating eye of human curiosity?
Página 65 - Look around you, look from the St. John to the Sabine, look from the mouth of the Neversink to the mouth of the Columbia, and you will find not one ! or if one, not of our erection.
Página 62 - ... entitled them,' they tacitly contracted the engagement for themselves, and above all for their posterity, to contribute, in their corporate and national capacity, their full share, ay, and more than their full share, of the virtues that elevate and of the graces that adorn the character of civilized man. They announced themselves as reformers of the institution of civil society. They spoke of the laws of nature, and in the name of nature's God ; and by that sacred adjuration they pledged us,...
Página 15 - ... of every individual as of the community. It is the only actual or imaginable human government, in which self-love and social are the same; and I think I am fully warranted in adding that in proportion as the existing governments of the earth approximate to, or recede from, that standard, in the...
Página 62 - ... it, and because we have particular obligations to it: which ties we may have to another country, as well as to that we are born in ; to our country by election, as well as to our country by birth. In all other respects, a wise man looks on himself as a citizen of the world: and, when you ask him where his country lies, points, like Anaxagoras, with his finger to the heavens.

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