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POETICAL ILLUSTRATIONS OF PURE TONE.
LOVE, HOPE, AND PATIENCE IN EDUCATION.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Love too will sink and die.
When overtask'd at length
CRANMER'S PROPHECY. From “ Henry Eighth."
Let me speak, sir,
Which time shall bring to ripeness. She shall be
She shall be, to the happiness of England,
THIS WORLD IS FULL OF BEAUTY.
There lives a voice within me, a guest-angel of my heart,
Night's starry tendernesses dower with glory evermore,
tomb. This world is full of beauty, as other worlds above; And, if we did our duty, it might be full of love. With truth our uttered language, Angels might talk with men, And God-illumined earth should see the golden Age again: The burthen'd heart should soar in mirth like Morn's young prophet
lark, And Misery's last tear wept on earth, quench Hell's last cunning
spark. For this world is full of beauty, as other worlds above; And, if we did our duty, it might be full of love.
Lo! plenty ripens round us, yet awakes the cry for bread,
Dear God! what hosts are trampled ’mid this killing crush for gold! What noble hearts are sapp'd of love! what spirits lose life's hold !
Yet a merry world it might be, opulent for all, and aye,
The leaf-tongues of the forest, and the flow'r-lips of the sod-
PROSE ILLUSTRATIONS OF EFFUSIVE OROTUND QUALITY.
ADDRESS AT GETTYSBURG.
Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation - or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated - can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We are met to dedicate a portion of it as the final resting-place of those who have given their lives that that nation might live.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our power to add or to detract. The world will very little note, nor long remember, what we say here; but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, rather, to be dedicated, here, to the unfinished work that they have thus far so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us: that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion;
that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain : that the nation shall, under God, have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
EXTRACT FROM THE SECOND INAUGURAL.
Both parties deprecated war: but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish: and the war came.
One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but located in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union by war, while government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God, and each invokes his aid against the other. It may seem strange that any man should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing his bread from the sweat of other men's faces.
But let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayer of both should not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has his own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offences, for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh.”
If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of these offences, which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through his appointed time, he now wills to remove, and that he gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to him ?
Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must he said that the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in