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In death the father from whose heart in life
Stern fate divided me, think gently of him!
For ye, who saw him in his full-blown pride,
Knew little of affections crushed within,
And wrongs which frenzied' him; yet never more
Let the great interests of the state depend
Upon the thousand chances that may sway
A piece of human frailty! Swear to me
That ye will seek hereafter in yourselves
The means of sovereign rule. — Our narrow space,
So happy in its confines, so compact,
Needs not the magic of a single name
Which wider regions may require to draw
Their interests into one; but, circled thus,
Like a blessed family, by simple laws,
May tenderly be governed; all degrees
Moulded together as a single form
Of nymph-like loveliness, which finest chords
Of sympathy pervading shall suffuse,
In times of quiet, with one bloom, and fill
With one resistless impulse, if the hosts
Of foreign power should threaten. Swear to me
That ye will do this!

Medon. Wherefore ask this now?
Thou shalt live long! The paleness of thy face
Which late appalled me, is grown radiant now,
And thine eyes kindle with the prophecy
Of lustrous years.

Ion. The gods approve me, then!
Yet will I use the function? of a king,
And claim obedience. Promise, if I leave
No issue, that the sovereign power shall live
In the affections of the general heart,
And in the wisdom of the best.
Medon and others. [Kneeling:) We swear it!

rushes to support him.

Ion. Hear and record the oath, Immortal Powers!
Now give me leave a moment to approach
That altar, unattended.

(He goes to the altar.
Gracious gods !
In whose mild service my glad youth was spent,
Look on me now; and if there is a Power,
As at this solemn time I feel there is, —
Beyond ye, that hath breathed through all your shapes
The spirit of the beautiful that lives
In earth and heaven, — to ye I offer up
This conscious being, full of life and love,

life and love bolo For my dear country's welfare. Let this blow End all her sorrows!

Stabs himself and falls. CTESIPHON

Enter IRUS.
Irus. I bring you glorious tidings — Ha! no joy
Can enter here.

Ion. Yes — is it as I hope ?
Irus. The pestilence abates.

Ion. [Springs on his feet.] Do ye not hear?
Why shout ye not? — Ye are strong — think not of me,
Hearken! The curse my ancestry had spread
O’er Argos, is dispelled. Agenor, give
This gentle youth his freedom, who hath brought
Sweet tidings that I shall not die in vain ! -
And, Medon! cherish him as thou hast one
Who, dying, blesses thee. - My own Clemanthe!
Let this console thee also — Argos lives
The offering is accepted — All is well!


1 WAN'TON-NĖSS (Wõn-). Sportiveness; 1 4 FRÉN'ZIED. Affected with madness. negligence of restraint.

| 5 SYF-FŪŞE'. Overspread as with a 2 VĒ'NẠL. That may be bought ana vapor, fluid or color. sold ; hireling,

6 L/S TROUS. Bright; shining. PRÍTH'FE. A corruption of pray? FÖNC'TIỌN, Office; faculty. thee.

18 IS'SYE (is'shy). Offspring ; children



WINTHROP. (Robert Charles Winthrop is a native and resident of Boston. He was for geyeral years a member of the House of Representatives in Congress, and Speaker of the House from December, 1847, to March, 1849. In 1856, he served for a short time in the Senate of the United States, by appointment of the Governor of Massachusetts. During his public life he was a leading member of the Whig party. The following piece is taken from an oration delivered by him, July 4, 1848, on the occasion of laying the corner-stone of the National Monument to Washington.]

1. FELLOW-CITIZENS of the United States: We are assembled to take the first step towards the fulfilment of a long deferred obligation. In this eight and fortieth year since his death, we have come together to lay the cornerstone of a national monument to WASHINGTON.

2. Other monuments to this illustrious person, have, long ago, been erected. By not a few of the great States of our Union, by not a few of the great cities of our states, the chiselled statue, or the lofty column, has been set up in his honor. The highest art of the Old World of France, of Italy, and of England, successively — has been put in requisition for the purpose. Houdon * for Virginia, Canova † for North Carolina, Sir Francis Chantrey I for Massachusetts, have severally signalized their genius by portraying and perpetuating the form and features of the Father of his Country.

3. One tribute to his memory is left to be rendered. One monument remains to be reared, - a monument which shall bespeak the gratitude, not of states, or of cities, or of governments; not of separate communities, or of official bodies, but of the people, the whole people of the nation, - a National Monument, erected by the citizens of the United States of America.

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4. Of such a monument we have come to lay the cornerstone, here and now. On this day, on this spot, in this presence, and at this precise epoch in the history of our country and of the world, we are about to commence this crowning work of commemoration’.

5. Yes, to-day, fellow-citizens, at this very moment when the extension of our boundaries and the multiplication of our territories are producing, directly and indirectly, among the different members of our political system, so many marked and mourned centrifugalo tendencies, — let us seize the occasion to renew to each other our vows of allegiance and devotion to the American Union; and let us recognize, in our common title to the name and the fame of Washington, and in our common veneration for his example and his advice, the all-sufficient centripetal 3 power, which shall hold the thick clustering stars of our confederacy in one glorious constellation forever!

6. Let the column which we are about to construct be at once a pledge and an emblem of perpetual union! Let the foundations be laid, let the superstructure be built up and cemented, let each stone be raised and riveted in a spirit of national brotherhood! And may the earliest ray of the rising sun— till that sun shall set to rise no more - draw forth from it daily, as from the fabled statue* of antiquity, a strain of national harmony, which shall strike a responsive chord in every heart throughout the republic.

7. Proceed, then, fellow-citizens, with the work for which you have assembled. Lay the corner-stone of a monument which shall adequately4 bespeak the gratitude of the whole American people to the illustrious Father of his Country! Build it to the skies: you cannot outreach the loftiness of his principles! Found it upon the massive and eternal rock: you cannot make it more enduring than

* There was a statue at Thebes said to utter at sunrise a sound like tho twanging of a harp string or of a metallic wire.

his fame! Construct it of the peerless Parian' marble: you cannot make it purer than his life! Exhaust upon it the rules and principles of ancient and of modern art: you cannot make it more proportionate than his character!

8. But let not your homage to his memory end bere, Think not to transfer to a tablet or a column the tribute which is due from yourselves. Just honor to Washington can only be rendered by observing his precepts and imitating his example. He has built his own monumento We, and those who come after us, are its appointed, its privileged guardians. The wide-spread Republic is the true monument to Washington. Maintain its independence. Uphold its constitution. Preserve its union. Defend its liberty. Let it stand before the world in all its original strength and beauty, securing peace, order, equality, and freedom to all within its boundaries, and shedding light, and hope, and joy upon the pathway of human liberty throughout the world; — and Washington needs no other monument. Other structures may fitly testify our veneration for him; this, this alone can adequately illustrate his services to mankind.

9. Nor does he need even this. The Republic may perish; the wide arch of our ranged union may fall; star by star its glories may expire; stone by stone its columns and capital may moulder and crumble; all other names which adorn its annals may be forgotten; but as long as human hearts shall any where pant, or human tongues shall any where plead, for a true, rational, constitutional' liberty, those hearts shall enshrine the memory, and those tongues prolong the fame, of GEORGE WASHINGTON! 1 CỌM-MĚ M-9-RĀ'TIỌN. A calling to 15 PĀ'RI-AN MÄR'BLE. A fine white

remembrance by some public act. CEN-TRÝF'U-GAL. Tending to fly I much used by ancient sculptors. from the centre.

6 HOM'AGE. Reverence; respect; def. 8 CEN-TRIP'E-TẠL. Tending towards erence. the centre.

17 CÓN-ST!-TŪ'TIỌN-AL. Consistent 4 ÅD'-QUẠTE-LY. In just propor- with the fundamental laws, or civil tion ; sufficiently.

constitution of a government.

marble from the Island of Paros,

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