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As springs the flame above a burning pile,
Thy birthright was not given by human hands • 5 Thou wert twin-born ' with man. In pleasant fields
While yet our race was few, thou sat'st with him,
Thou | by his side, amid the tangled wood, 10 Didst war upon the panther and the wolf,
His only foes; and thou ' with him ' didst draw
Thy enemy, although of reverend look,
Is later born' than thou; and, as he meets
Oh! not yet | 20 Mays't thou unbrace thy corslet, nor lay by
Thy sword; nor yet, 0 Freedom ! close thy lids'
of the new earth ' and heaven. But wouldst thou rest 25 Awhile from tumult' and the frauds of men,
These old and friendly solitudes invite
And yet the moss-stains' on the rock | were new, 30 Beheld thy glorious childhood, and rejoiced.
LESSON IX.--SUNRISE ON THE HILLS.-H. W. LONGFELLOW.
[To be marked for Rhetorical Pauses.]
And woods were brightened, and soft gales
Went forth to kiss the sun-clad vales. 5 The clouds were far beneath me :-bathed in light They gathered midway round the wooded height,
And in their fading glory shone
Like hosts in battle overthrown, As many a pinnacle with shifting glance, 10 Through the gray mist thrust up its shattered lance,
And rocking on the cliff was left
The dark pine, blasted, bare, and cleft.
Glowed the rich valley, and the river's flow 5 Was darkened by the forest's shade,
Or glistened in the white cascade,
I heard the distant waters dash,
And richly, by the blue lake's silver beach,
Then o'er the vale, with gentle swell,
The music of the village-bell 15 Came sweetly to the echo-giving hills , And the wild horn, whose voice the woodland fills,
Was ringing to the merry shout
That faint and far the glen sent out,Where, answering to the sudden shot, thin smoke 20 Through thick-leaved branches from the dingle broke. .
If thou art worn and hard beset
With sorrows that thou wouldst forget,-
Thy heart from fainting, and thy soul from sleep, 25 Go to the woods and hills ! No tears
Dim the sweet look that Nature wears.
LESSON X-THE CHRISTIAN CHARACTER.E. COOPER. [This, and the two following pieces, are marked as exercises in application of the rules contained in the Section on Emphasis, Part I., page 28.]
The true Christian must show that he is in earnest about religion. In the management of his worldly affairs, he must let it clearly be seen, that he is not influ
enced by a worldly mind; that his heart is not upon 5 earth; that he pursues his worldly calling from a princi
ple of Duty, not from a sordid love of gain ; and that, in truth, his treasures are in HEAVEN. He must, therefore, not only “provide things honest in the sight of all men;"
not only avoid every thing which is fraudulent and un10 just in his dealings with others; not only openly protest
against those iniquitous practices which the custom of trade too frequently countenances and approves ;-but, also, he must so let his moderation be known unto all men.”
He must not push his gains with seeming eagerness, even to the utmost LAWFUL extent. He must exercise forbear
He must be content with moderate profits. He must sometimes even forego advantages, which, in them6 selves, he might innocently take, lest he should seem to
give any ground for suspecting that his heart is secretly set upon these things.
Thus, also, with respect to worldly pleasures; he must endeavor to convince men that the pleasures which RELI10 Gion furnishes, are far greater than those which the world
can yield. While, therefore, he conscientiously keeps from joining in those trifling, and, too often, profane amusements, in which ungodly men profess to seek their
happiness, he must yet labor to show, that, in keeping 15 from those things, he is, in respect to real happiness, no
loser, but even a GAINER by religion. He must avoid every thing which may look like moroseness and gloom. He must cultivate a cheerfulness of spirit. He must en
deavor to show, in his whole deportment, the contentment 20 and tranquillity which naturally flow from heavenly af
fections, from a mind at peace with God, and from a hope full of IMMORTALITY.
The spirit which Christianity enjoins and produces, is so widely different from the spirit of the world, and so im25 mensely superior to it, that, as it cannot fail of being no
ticed, so it cannot fail of being admired, even by those who are strangers to its power. Do
ask in what particulars this spirit shows itself ? I answer, in the exercise
of humility, of meekness, of gentleness; in a patient bear30 ing of injuries ; in a readiness to forgive offences; in a
uniform endeavor to overcome evil with good ; in self-denial and disinterestedness ; in universal kindness and courtesy; in slowness to wrath ; in an unwillingness to hear
or to speak evil of others; in a forwardness to defend, to 35 advise, and to assist them; in loving our enemies; in llessing them that curse us; in doing good to them that hate
These are genuine fruits of true Christianity. The Christian must“ let his light shine before men,” by discharging in a faithful, a diligent, and a consistent 40 manner, the personal and particular duties of his station.
As a member of society, he must be distinguished by a blameless and an inoffensive conduct ; by a simplicity and an ingenuousness of character, free from every degree of guile; by uprightness and fidelity in all his engagements.
As a neighbor, he must be kind, friendly, and accommodating. His discourse must be mild and instructive. He must labor to prevent quarrels, to reconcile those who dif
fer, to comfort the afflicted. In short, he must be “ ready 5 for every good work ;” and all his dealings with others
must show the HEAVENLY PRINCIPLE, which duells and works in his HEART.
LESSON XI.-POPULAR GOVERNMENT. DR. SHARP.
(Marked for Emphasis.] The real glory and prosperity of a nation does not consist in the hereditary rank or titled privileges of a very small class in the community; in the great wealth of the
few, and the great poverty of the many; in the splendid 5 palaces of nobles, and the wretched huts of a numerous and
half-famished peasantry. No! such a state of things may give pleasure to proud, ambitious, and selfish minds, but there is nothing here on which the eye of a patriot can
rest with unmingled satisfaction. In his deliberate judg10 ment,
“Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
A BREATH can make them, as a breath has made : 15
But a BOLD PEASANTRY, their country's pride,
When once DESTROYED, can NEVER be supplied.” It is an intelligent, virtuous, free, and extensive population, able, by their talents and industry, to obtain a com
petent support, which constitutes the strength and pros20 perity of a nation.
It is not the least advantage of a popular government, that it brings into operation a greater amount of talent than any other. It is acknowledged by every one, that
the occurrence of great events awakens the dormant ener25 gies of the human mind, and calls forth the most splendid
and powerful abilities. It was the momentous question, whether your country should be free and independent, and the declaration that it WAS So, which gave to you ora
tors, statesmen, and generals, whose names all future ages 30 will delight to honor.
The characters of men are generally moulded by the circumstances in which they are placed. They seldom put forth their strength, without some powerfully exciting motives. But what motives can they have to qualify themselves for stations, from which they are forever excluded on account of PLEBEIAN EXTRACTION? How can they be expected to prepare themselves for the service of their
country, when they know that their services would be RE5 JECTED, because, unfortunately, they dissent from the established religion, and have honesty to avow it!
But in a country like ours, where the most obscure in dividuals in society may, by their talents, virtues, ani
public services, rise to the most honorable distinctions, and 10 attain to the highest offices which the people can give, the
most effectual inducements are presented. It is indeed true, that only a few who run in the race for political honor, can obtain the prize. But, although many come short,
yet the exertions and the progress which they make, are 15 not lost either on themselves or society. The suitableness
of their talents and characters for some other important station, may have been perceived ; at least the cultivation of their minds, and the effort to acquire an honorable repu
tation, may render them active and useful members of the 20 community. These are some of the benefits peculiar to a
POPULAR government; benefits which we have long enjoyed.
LESSON XII.--REVERENCE FOR LAW.-J. HOPKINSON.
From a Eulogium on Hon. Bushrod Washington.-Trial of Gen
eral Bright, for obstructing the execution of a process of the Supreme Court of the United States.
[The type indicates, as before, the degree of Emphasis.) Mark the conduct of Pennsylvania, at this unprecedented, trying crisis. Can she recede from her absolute assertion of right ? Can she take back her unqualified me
naces of resistance, and promises of protection to her 5 citizens ?-A judge, in himself a weak and helpless indi
vidual, supported by no power but the LAW, pronounces a sentence of CRIMINAL CONDEMNATION upon the ASSEMBLED REPRESENTATIVES of the people,—upon their SUPREME EX
ECUTIVE AUTHORITY ; upon THEMSELVES; and orders 10 the minister of their will, surrounded by a military force
under his command, to a COMMON GAOL.–And this is submitted to with a REVERENTIAL AWE; not a murmur from the prisoner ; not a movement by the people, to rescue
him from a punishment inflicted upon him for obeying 15 their mandates, for sustaining their authority, and defend