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But why do ye plant ’neath the billows dark
Opening of the Sixth Seal.-T. GRAY, JUN.
And I beheld when he opened the Sixth Seal. Rev. vi. 12.
I stood above the mountains, and I saw,
Toppled, and fell in fragments. Lightning shot
The everlasting stars of heaven did fall,
To the Eagle.-PERCIVAL.
Bird of the broad and sweeping wing!
Thy home is high in heaven,
And the tempest clouds are driven.
Thy throne is on the mountain top;
Thy fields—the boundless air; And hoary peaks, that proudly prop
The skies—thy dwellings are.
Amid the noontide blaze:
It cannot dim thy gaze.
O'er the bursting billow spread,
Like an angel of the dead.
And the waves are white below,
They rush in an endless flow.
To lands beyond the sea,
Thou hurriest wild and free.
And thou leavest them all behind;
Fleet as the tempest wind. When the night storm gathers dim and dark,
With a shrill and boding scream,
Quick as a passing dream.
In thy imperial name,
The dangerous path of fame.
The Roman legions bore,
Their pride, to the polar shore.
And their oath was on thee laid;
Thou wert, through an age of death and fears,
The image of pride and power, Till the gathered rage
of a thousand years Burst forth in one awful hour.
And then, a deluge of wrath it came,
And the nations shook with dread; And it swept the earth till its fields were flame
And piled with the mingled dead. Kings were rolled in the wasteful flood,
With the low and crouching slave; And together lay, in a shroud of blood,
The coward and the brave.
And where was then thy fearless flight?
«O’er the dark mysterious sea,
The cradle of Liberty.
For ages, I watched alone,
Where the glorious bird had flown. But then came a bold and hardy few,
And they breasted the unknown wave; I caught afar the wandering crew;
And I knew they were high and brave. I wheeled around the welcome bark,
As it sought the desolate shore; And up to heaven, like a joyous lark,
My quivering pinions bore. And now that bold and hardy few
Are a nation wide and strong,
And they worship me in song;
On field and lake and sea,
I guide them to victory.'
The Union of the States.-Webster. From an Address delivered at Washington city on the Centennial Anniversary of
the Birth of Washington. There was in the breast of Washington one sentiment deeply felt, so constantly uppermost, that no proper occasion escaped without its utterance.-From the letter which he signed in behalf of the convention, when the constitution was sent out to the people, to the moment when he put his hand to that last paper, in which he addressed his countrymen, the union was the great object of his thoughts.
In that first letter, he tells them that to him, and his brethren of the convention, union is the greatest interest of every true American; and in that last paper he conjures them to regard that unity of government, which constitutes them one people, as the very palladium of their prosperity and safety, and the security of liberty itself. He regarded the union of these states, not so much one of our blessings, as the great treasure-house which contained them all.
Here, in his judgment, was the great magazine of all our means of prosperity; here, as he thought, and as every true American still thinks, are deposited all our animating prospects, all our solid hopes for future greatness. He has taught us to maintain this government, not by seeking to enlarge its powers on the one hand, nor by surrendering them on the other; but by an administration of them, at once firm and moderate, adapted for objects truly national, and carried on in a spirit of justice and equity.
The extreme solicitude for the preservation of the union, at all times manifested by him, shows not only the opinion he entertained of its usefulness, but his clear perception of those causes which were likely to spring up to endanger it, and which, if once they should overthrow the present system, would leave little hope of any
future beneficial reunion. Of all the presumptions indulged by presumptuous man, that is one of the rashest, which looks for repeated and favorable opportunities, for the deliberate establishment of a united government, over distinct and widely extended communities. Such a thing has happened once in human affairs, and but once: the event stands out, as a prominent exception to all ordinary history; and, unless we suppose