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4. De Bruce! I rose with purpose dread

To speak my curse upon thy head,
To give thee, as an outcast, o'er
To him who burns to shed thy gore;
But, like the Midianite * of old,
Who stood on Zophim, Heaven-controlled,
I feel within mine agéd breast
A power that will not be repressed;
It prompts my voice, it swells my veins,
It burns, it maddens, it constrains!
De Bruce! thy sacrilegious blow
Hath at God's altar slain thy foe;
O’ermastered yet by high behest",
I bless thee, and thou shalt be blessed !

5. Thrice vanquished on the battle-plain,

Thy followers slaughtered, fled, or ta’en,
A hunted wanderer on the wild,
On foreign shores a man exiled,
Disowned, deserted, and distressed,
I bless thee, and thou shalt be blessed;
Blessed in the hall and in the field,
Under the mantle as the shield.
Avenger of thy country's shame,
Restorer of her injured fame,
Blessed in thy sceptre and thy sword,
De Bruce, fair Scotland's rightful lord,
Blessed in thy deeds and in thy fame,
What lengthened honors wait thy name!
In distant ages, sire to son
Shall tell thy tale of Freedom won,
And teach his infants, in the use
Of earliest speech, to falter Bruce.

* Balaam. See Numbers, chap. xxiii.

6. Go, then, triumphant! sweep along

Thy course, the theme of many a song!
The Power, whose dictates swell my breast,
Hath blessed thee, and thou shalt be blessed !

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.


1. BEHOLD this ruin! 'Tis a skull,

Once of ethereal spirit full.
This narrow cell was Life’s retreat;
This space was Thought's mysterious seat.
What beauteous pictures filled this spot !
What dreams of pleasure, long forgot!
Nor grief, nor joy, nor hope, nor fear,
Has left one trace or record here!

2. Beneath this mouldering canopy

Once shone the bright and busy eye;
Yet start not at that dismal void !
If social love that eye employed,
If with no lawless fire it gleamed,
But with the dew of kindness beamed,
That eye shall be forever bright
When stars and suns have lost their light.

3. Here, in this silent cavern, hung

The ready, swift, and tuneful tongue.
If Falsehood's honey it disdained,
And where it could not praise, was chained ;-
If in bold Virtue's cause it spoke,
Yet gentle concord never broke;-
That tuneful tongue shall plead for thee
When death unveils eternity.

4. Say, did these fingers delve' the mine?

Or, with its envied rubies shine ? —
To hew the rock, or wear the gem,
Can nothing now avail to them.
But, if the page of Truth they sought,
And comfort to the mourners brought,
These hands a richer meed shall claim
Than all that waits on wealth or fame!

5. Avails it whether bare or shod

These feet the paths of Duty trod ?
If from the bowers of Joy they sped,
To soothe Affliction's humble bed, -
If Grandeur's guilty bribe they spurned,
And home to Virtue’s lap returned, -
Those feet with angels' wings shall vie,
And tread the palace of the sky!

I DĚLVE. Dig; use the spade. | 2 VIE, Strive for supremacy; contend.



(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.

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