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To speak my curse upon thy head,
5. Thrice vanquished on the battle-plain,
Thy followers slaughtered, fled, or ta’en,
* Balaam. See Numbers, chap. xxiii.
6. Go, then, triumphant! sweep along
Thy course, the theme of many a song!
1 CĂN'ONŞ. Laws of the church ; also, 1 6 MĒĒD. Reward ; merit; desert. the Holy Scriptures.
7 BÔÔTS. Profits. 2 A-NĂTH'E-MẠ. A curse pronounced 8 COPE. A kind of cloak worn by the
by ecclesiastical authority ; excom-| clergy during church services. munication,
9 STOLE. A narrow band worn across 8 BANŞ. Curses ; execrates.
the shoulders by bishops and priests. 4 DĘ-VÕT'ED. Doomed; consigned to 10 RE'QUI-EM. A musical composition evil.
performed in honor of some deSCOTCH'EQN. A shield on which the ceased person.
coat of arms of a family is repre- 11 Shrift. Confession made to a priest. sented ; escutcheon.
| 12 BỆ-HĚST'. Command ; injunction.
CIV.- LINES ON A SKELETON.
1. BEHOLD this ruin! 'Tis a skull,
Once of ethereal spirit full.
2. Beneath this mouldering canopy
Once shone the bright and busy eye;
3. Here, in this silent cavern, hung
The ready, swift, and tuneful tongue.
4. Say, did these fingers delve' the mine?
Or, with its envied rubies shine ? —
5. Avails it whether bare or shod
These feet the paths of Duty trod ?
I DĚLVE. Dig; use the spade. | 2 VIE, Strive for supremacy; contend.
CV. – THE DUTY OF AMERICAN CITIZENS.
(The following extract is from the closing portion of an address before the Union Club, delivered at Boston, April 9, 1803.]
1. War is justly regarded as one of the greatest evils that can befall a nation, though it is not the greatest; and of this great evil, civil war is the most deplorable forin. I want words to express the sorrow wiih which, from the first, I have contemplated', and unceasingly contemplate, the necessity laid upon us, to wage this war for the integrity of the nation.
2. Not without deep solicitude I saw the angry clouds gathering in the horizon, North and South; and I devoted the declining years of my life, with a kind of religious consecration', to the attempt to freshen the sacred memories that cluster around that dear and venerated name,* which I need not repeat, — memories which had survived the multiplying causes of alienation, and were so well calculated to strengthen the cords of the Union. To these humble efforts, and the time and labor expended upon them, — truly a labor of love,- I would, as Heaven is my witness, have cheerfully added the sacrifice of my life, if by so doing I could have averted the catastrophe. For that cause, I should have thought a few care-worn and weary years cheaply laid on the altar of my country. But it could not be.
3. A righteous Providence, in its wisdom, has laid upon us — even upon us — the performance of this great and solemn duty. It is now plain, to the dullest perception, that the hour of trial could not be much longer delayed. The leaders of the rebellion tell us themselves that they had plotted and planned it for an entire generation. It might have been postponed for four years, or for eight years, but it was sure, in no long time, to come; and if, by base compliance , we could have turned the blow from ourselves, it would have fallen, with redoubled violence, on our children.
* Referring to the author's Oration on Washington, delivered in aid of the Mount Vernon Association,
4. Let us, then, meet it like men. It must needs be that offences shall come, but woe unto that man by whom the offence cometh. Let us show ourselves equal to the duty imposed upon us, and faithful to the trust to which we are called. The cause in which we are engaged is the cause of the constitution and the law, of civilization and freedom, of man and of God. Let us engage in it with a steadiness and fortitude, a courage and a zeal, a patience and a resolution, a hope and a cheer, worthy of the fathers from whom we are descended, of the country we defend, and of the privileges we inherit.
5. There is a call and a duty, a work and a place, for all; - for man and for woman, for rich and for poor, for old and for young, for the stout-hearted and strong-handed, for all who enjoy, and all who deserve to enjoy, the priceless blessings at stake. Let the venerable forms of the Pilgrim fathers, the majestic images of our revolutionary sires, and of the sages: that gave us this glorious Union; let the anxious expectation of the friends of liberty abroad; let the hardships and perils of our brethren in the field, and the fresh-made graves of the dear ones who have fallen; let every memory of past, and every hope of the future; every thought and every feeling, that can nerve the arm, or fire the heart, or elevate and purify the soul of a pátriot, — rouse, and guide, and cheer, and inspire us to do, and, if need be, to die, for our country! 1 Cọy-TZM/PLAT-ẸP. Attentively con- [ 3 CọM-PLĨ'ANCE. Yielding. sidered ; thought upon.
| 4 PRIV'I-LÉGE. Private or peculiar 2 CON-SE-CRĀTION. Dedication; a right, peculiar advantage. setting apart as sacred.
O SA'YEŞ. Wise men.