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house under a deeper conviction of the want of words to express the emotions that I feel. It is precisely because occasions like this are adapted to produce universal sym. pathy, that little can be said by any one, but what, in the language of the heart, in tones not loud, but deep, every one present has silently said to himself.
2. My respected friend from Virginia, by whom this offering of patriotic sentiment has been presented to the representative assembly of the nation, has, it seems to me, already said all that can be said suitable to this occasion. In parting from him, as, after a few short days, we must all do, it will, on my part, be, sorrowing that, in all probability, I shall see his face and hear his voice no more. But his words of this day are planted in my memory, and will there remain till the last pulsation of my heart.
3. The sword of Washingtox! The staff of FRANKLIN! O, sir, what associations are linked in adamant' with those names! Washington, the warrior of human freedom Washington, whose sword, as my friend has said, was never drawn but in the cause of his country, and never sheathed when wielded in liis country's cause! Franklin, the philosopher of the thunderbolt, the printing press, and the ploughshare! What names are these in the scanty catalogue of the benefactors of human kind! Washington and Franklin! What other two men, whose lives belong to the eighteenth century of Christendom,* have left a deeper impression of themselves upon the age in which they lived, and upon all after time!
4. Washington! the warrior and the legislator; in war, contending by the wager of battle for the independence of his country, and for the freedom of the human race; ever manifesting, amidst its horrors, by precept and example, his reverence for the laws of peace, and for the
* CHRISTENDOM. The regions inhabited by Christians; all countries governed by Christian institutions.
tenderest sympathies of humanity; in peace, soothing the ferocious spirit of discord, among his own countrymen, into harmony and union, and giving to that very sword now presented to his country a charm more potent thau that attributed in ancient times to the lyre of Orpheus.*
5. Franklin ! the mechanic of his own fortune, teaching, in early youth, under the shackles of indigence, the way to wealth, and in the shade of obscurity, the path to greatness; in the maturity of manhood, disarming the thunder of its terrors, the lightning of its fatal blast, and wresting from the tyrant's hand the still more afflictive sceptre of oppression; while descending into the vale of years, traversing the Atlantic Ocean, braving in the dead of winter the battle and the breeze, bearing in his hand the charter of independence, which he had contributed to form, and tendering, from the self-created nation to the mightiest monarchs of Europe, the olive branch of peace, the mercurial? wand of commerce, and the amulet of protection and safety, to the man of peace on the pathless ocean, from the inexorable cruelty and merciless rapacity of war.
6. And finally, in the last stage of life, with fourscore winters upon his head, under the torture of an incurable disease, returning to his native land, closing his days as the chief magistrate of his adopted commonwealth, after contributing 4 by his counsels, under the presidency of Washington, and recording his name, under the sanction of devout prayer invoked by him to God, to that constitution under the authority of which we are here assembled, as the representatives of the North American people, to receive in their name, and for them, these venerable relics of the wise, the valiant, and the good founders of our great confederated republic— these sacred symbols of our golden age.
* ORPHEUS (ör'fūs). An ancient Grecian poet, who is fabled to have enchanted, with the music of his lyre, not only wild beasts, but even trees and rocks.
7. May they be deposited among the archives? of out government; and may every American who shall hereafter behold them ejaculate a mingled offering of praise to that Supreme Ruler of the universe by whose tender mercies our Union has been hitherto preserved through all the vicissitudes and revolutions of this turbulent world, and of prayer for the continuance of the blessings, by the dispensations of his providence, to our beloved country, from age to age, till time shall be no more.
8. After passing an appropriate resolution, accepting Mr. Washington's gift, and tendering him the thanks of Congress therefor, the house adjourned'.
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XI. - WILLIAM TELL.
KNOWLES. [Switzerland was once under the power of Austria. Gesler (pronounced Gěs'ler), at the time of these events, in 1307, was the Austrian governor of Switzerland. He was a most cruel tyrant, and even pushed his tyranny so far as to require the Swiss to uncover their heads and bow down to his hat placed upon a pole. William Tell, a brave Swiss, refused to perform this act of servility. He was seized for punishment. Tell's son, Albert, without his father's knowledge, had been taken prisoner on the preceding day by Gesler.]
SCENE- A Chamber in the Castle. Enter GESLER, OFFICERS, and SARNEM,
with TELL in chains and guarded.
Sarnem. Down, slave! Behold the governor. Down! down! and beg for mercy.
Gesler. (Seated.] Does he hear?
My eyes is as he would. [TO TELL]
Sar. He does, but braves thy power.
Ges. Can I believe
Tell. For wonder.
Tell. Yes, that thou should'st seem a man.
Tell. Though they were doubled, and did weigh me down
Ges. Darest thou question me?
Tell. Thou dost.
Tell. No, not enough:
Ges. But it can make thee writhe.
Tell. It may
Tell. It may; and I may cry,
Ges. Whence comest thou ?
Tell. From the mountains. Would'st thou learn What news from them? Ges. Canst tell me any? Tell. Ay; they* watch no more the avalanche“. Ges. Why so ?
Tell. Because they look for thee. The hurricane Comes unawares upon them; from its bed The torrent breaks, and finds them in its track Ges. What do they then ?
Tell. Thank Heaven it is not thou ! Thou hast perverted nature in them. There's not a blessing Heaven vouchsafes: them, but The thought of thee doth wither to a curse.
Ges. That's right! I'd have them like their hills, That never smile, though wanton summer tempt Them e'er so much.
Tell. But they do sometimes smile..
Tell. From Heaven!
Tell. And their true hands
Ges. Where's thy abode ?
* The mountaineers.