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His mustache is damp with an easterly flaw,
11. He dreams the chill gust is a blossoming gale,
That the straw is a rose from his dear native vale;
12. O, what are the prizes we perish to win,
To the first little “shiner” we caught with a pin ?
13. Then come from all parties, and parts, to our feast;
Though not at the “ Astor,"* we'll give you at least . A bite at an apple, a seat on the grass,
And the best of old — water — at nothing a glass !
1 ÏP'E-CXC. A contraction of ipecac- 1 the art of performing tricks which
uanha, a South American plant depend chiefly on nimbleness of used as an emetic.
hand ; a juggle. 2 DODG'ER. One guilty of sly, mean 6 OM'NI-BUS. A large public carriage tricks; here, a sly thief.
used in cities. 3 BÄN-DXNNA. A kind of pocket 7 A 1. Signs used in insuring a vessel handkerchief.
to denote that it is of the first 4 SĀT'ED. Filled or gratified to the class ; hence, colloquially applicd extent of desire; glutted.
to any thing of the best quality. • LÉG-ER-DE-MĀIN'. Sleight of hand; 8 TĘR-RĚS'TRI-AL. Earthy, or earthly.
LXV. - EXTRACT FROM EMMET'S SPEECH.
ROBERT EMMET. (Robert Emmet was born at Dublin, Ireland, in the year 1780. Even in his boyhood he became prominent as an advocate of the independence of his native country. After the failure of the revolution of 1798, he escaped to France, but returned in 1803, and took an active part in an attack upon the castle and arsenals of Dublin. The effort was unsuccessful. Emmet was arrested, tried, and convicted of high treason. The following extract is from the speech deliv
* A large hotel in New York city.
ered by him in reply to the question, “What have you, therefore, now to say why judgment of death and execution should not be awarded against you, according to law?”
He was executed on the gallows, September 20, 1803. The eloquence and pathos evinced by his speech, as well as the courage with which he met his fate, won general admiration.]
1. My Lords: What have I to say, why sentence of death should not be pronounced on me, according to law ? I have nothing to say that can alter your predetermination, or that it would become me to say, with any view to the mitigation of that sentence which you are here to pronounce, and which I must abide. But I have much to say which interests me more than that life which you have labored to destroy. I have much to say, why my reputation should be rescued from the load of false accusation and calumny which has been heaped upon it.
2. Were I only to suffer death, after being adjudged guilty by your tribunal“, I should bow in silence and meet the fate that awaits me, without a murniur. But the sentence of the law which delivers my body to the executioner, will, through the ministry of that law, labor in its own vindication to consign my character to obloquy 3, for there must be guilt somewhere; whether in the sentence of the court or in the catastrophe, posterity must determine.
3. When my spirit shall be wafted to a more friendly port; when my shade shall have joined the bands of those martyred heroes who have shed their blood on the scaffold and in the field, in defence of their country and virtue, this is my hope: I wish that my memory and name may animate those who survive me, while I look down with complacency on the destruction of that perfidious government, which upholds its domination by blasphemy of the Most High.
4. My lord, shall a dying man be denied the legal priv ilege of exculpating himself, in the eyes of the community, from an undeserved reproach thrown upon him during his trial, by charging him with ambition, and attempting to cast away, for a paltry consideration, the liberties of his country? Why, then, insult me? or, rather, why insult justice, in demanding of me why sentence of death should not be pronounced ?
5. I am charged with being an emissary; of France ! An emissary of France! And for what end? It is alleged that I wished to sell the independence of my country! And for what end? Was this the object of my ambition ? and is this the mode by which a tribunal of justice reconciles contradictions ? No, I am no emissary; and my ambition was to hold a place among the deliverers of my country; not in power, nor in profit, but in the glory of the achievement!
6. Sell my country's independence to France! And for what? Was it for a change of masters ? No, but for ambition! O my country, was it personal ambition that could influence me? Had it been the soul of my actions, could I not by my education and fortune, by the rank and consideration of my family, have placed myself among the proudest of my oppressors ? My country was my idol; to it I sacrificed every selfish, every endearing sentiment; and for it I now offer up my life.
7. No, my lord; I acted as an Irishman, determined on delivering my country from the yoke of a foreign and un, · relenting tyranny; and from the more galling yoke of a domestic faction, which is its joint partner and perpetrator in the parricide, whose reward is the ignominy of existing with an exterior of splendor and a consciousness of depravity. It was the wish of my heart to extricate .my country from this doubly-riveted despotism; I wished to place her independence beyond the reach of any power on earth; I wished to exalt her to that proud station in the world.
8. Let no man dare, when I am dead, to charge me with dishonor; let no man attaint' my memory by believing that I could have engaged in any cause but that of my country's liberty and independence; or that I could have become the pliant minions of power in the oppression or the miseries of my countrymen.
9. I would not have submitted to a foreign oppressor, for the same reason that I would resist the domestic tyrant: in the dignity of freedom, I would have fought upon the threshold of my country, and her enemy should enter only by passing over my lifeless corpse. Am I, who lived but for my country, and who have subjected myself to the vengeance of the jealous and watchful oppressor, and now to the bondage of the grave, only to give my countrymen their rights, — am I to be loaded with calumny, and not to be suffered to resent or repel it? No: God forbid !
10. If the spirits of the illustrious dead participate in the concerns and cares of those who are dear to them in this transitory life, O, ever dear and venerated shade of my departed father! look down with scrutiny on the conduct of your suffering son, and see if I have even for a moment deviated from those principles of morality and patriotism which it was your care to instil into my youthful mind, and for an adherence to which I am now to offer up my life!
11. My lords, you are impatient for the sacrifice. The blood which you seek is not congealed by the artificial terrors which surround your victim; it circulates warmly and unruffled, through the channels which God created for noble purposes, but which you are bent to destroy for purposes so grievous that they cry to Heaven! Be yet patient! I have but a few words more to say. I am going to my silent grave; my lamp of life is nearly extinguished; my race is run; the grave opens to receive me, and I sink into its bosom.
12. I have but one request to ask, at my departure from this world;- it is the charity of its silence. Let no man write my epitaph; for, as no one who knows my motives dares now vindicate them, let not prejudice or ignorance asperse 10 them. Let them and me repose in obscurity and peace, and my tomb remain uninscribed, until other times, and other men, can do justice to my character. When my country shall take her place among the nations of the earth, — then, and not till then, — let my epitaph be written!
1 MIT-I-GĀ'TIỌN. Abatement of any , 6 PXR'RỊ-CIDE. The murder or the
thing painful or severe; a render- murderer of a parent. ing less severe.
7 AT-TĀINT'. Cloud with infamy; Tri-BŪ'NẠL. Judgment-seat; court stain ; disgrace. of justice.
8 MYN'IQN. A favorite in an ill sense ; 8 OB'LQ-QUY. Censorious speech; a low, base dependant. blame; disgrace.
9 PRĚJ'Y-DICE. A leaning in favor of 4 Ex-CŮL'PĀT-ING. Clearing from one side of a cause, for some rea- guilt; excusing,
son other than its justice ; previous 6 EM'ĮS-SA-RY. One sent on a mis- | bias or judgment.
sion; a private or secret agent. | 10 AS-PËRSE'. Slander; defame.
LXVI. — NATIONAL HYMN.
REV. S. F. SMITH, D. D. [Rev. Samuel F. Smith, D. D., is a native of Boston, and a graduate of Har. vard College of the class of 1829. He is a clergyman of the Baptist denomination, and the editor of the publications of the American Baptist Missionary Union.]
1. My country, 'tis of thee;
Of thee I sing;
Let freedom ring.