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above what any man can be in that he is praised. I would
rather be the humblest man in the world, than barely be
thought greater than the greatest. The beggar is greater as
a man, than is the man merely as a king. Not one of the
crowds that listened to the eloquence of Demosthenes and
Cicero,—not one who has bent with admiration over the
pages of Homer and Shakspeare,—not one who followed in
the train of Caesar or of Napoleon,—would part with th
humblest power of thought, for all the fame that is echoin .
over the world and through the ages.
CXVIIL—THE VILLAGE PREACHER.
Remote from towns he ran his godly race,
Nor e'er had changed, or wished to change, his place;
Unskilful he to fawn, or seek for power,
By doctrines fashioned to the varying hour;
Far other aims his heart had learned to prize,
More bent to raise the wretched than to rise.
Pleased with his guests the good man learned to glow,
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,
Beside the bed where parting life was laid,
At church, with meek and unaffected grace,
His looks adorned the venerable place;
Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway,
And fools who came to scoff remained to pray.
The service past, around the pious man
With ready zeal each honest rustic ran;
E'en children followed, with endearing wile,
And plucked his gown, to share the good ma:i's smile
His ready smile a parent's warmth expressed;
As some tall cliff that lifts its awful form,
CXIX.—THE MEMORY OF WASHINGTON.
TO us, citizens of America, it belongs above all others to show respect to the memory of Washington, by the practical deference which we pay to those sober maxims of public policy which he has left us.—a last testament of affection in his Farewell Address. Of all the exhortations which it contains, I scarce need say to you that none are so emphatically uttered, none so anxiously repeated, as those which enjoin the preservation of the Union of these States.
2. -On this, under Providence, it depends in the judgment of Washington whether the people of America shall follow the Old World example, and be broken up into a group of independent military powers, wasted by eternal border wars, feeding the ambition of petty sovereigns on the lifeblood of wasted principalities,—a custom-house on the bank of every river, a fortress on every frontier hill, a pirate lurking in the recesses of every bay,—or whether they shall continue to constitute a federal republic, the most extensive, the most powerful, the most prosperous in the long line of ages.
3. No one can read the Farewrell Address without feeling that this was the thought and this the care which lay nearest and heaviest upon that noble heart; and if—which Heaven forbid—the day shall ever arrive when his parting counsels on that head shall be forgotten, on that day, come it soon or come it late, it may as mournfully as truly be said that Washington has lived in vain. Then-the vessels as they ascend and descend the Potomac may toll their bells with new significance as they pass Mount Vernon: