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offended, trust to their returning reason to do you justice, and should that hope fail, where you cannot serve with honor, you can retire with dignity. You did not seek power-and you can readily leave it, since you are qualified for retirement, and since you carry into it the proud consolation of having done your duty.
But should you ever be called to act the stern, yet glorious part which these patriot statesmen performed, you will not fail in the requisite energy. It may be, that, not as of old, another robust barbarian from Thrace, like Maximin-not a new gladiator slave, like Spartacus but some frontier Cataline may come up with the insolent ambition to command you and your children. More dangerous still, the people may be bartered away as other sovereigns have been, by faithless favorites, just as the very guards at Rome sold the empire at open auction to the highest bidder, Julian. The same arts which succeeded of old, may not be unavailing here—a conspiracy of profligate men, pandering to the passions of the people, may inflame them to their ruin—and the country, betrayed into the hands of its worst citizens, may be enslaved with all the appearances of freedom. Should that day come, remember never to capitulate—never to compromise—never to yield to the country's enemies. Remember that crime is not the less guilty-it is only the more dangerous by success. If you should see the cause betrayed by those who ought to defend it, be you only the more faithful. Never desert the country-never despond over its fortunes. Confront its betrayers, as madmen are made to quail beneath the stern gaze of fearless reason. They will denounce you. Disregard their outcries—it is only the scream of the vultures whom you scare from their prey. They will seek to destroy you. Rejoice that your country's enemies are yours. You can
BY JOHN SERGEANT.
EDUCATION, in all its parts, is a concern of so sequence, so deeply and vitally interesting, ti not to be exposed, without great caution, to experiments and innovations. Is it, then, sus no improvement? Is the human mind, progre all other subjects, to be stationary upon this? education be allowed to advance with the mar lect, and its path be illuminated with the inc increasing light of the age? Or shall it be con grope in the imperfect twilight, while every enjoys the lustre of a meridian sun? These ar questions which are not to be answered by a si Admitting the general truth of that which th assert, namely, that education, in all its departm to be carried to the highest attainable perfectio the methods of reaching that point deserve ou ious and continued attention—it must at the the be apparent, that as long as the argument is me lative, implying objections to existing methods tion, and raising doubts about their value, with a distinct and approved substitute, great dan apprehended from its circulation.
There is no doubt that improvement may the seminaries of our country--there is no d ought to be made--and it is quite certain that
nothing but the support to bring it into operation. There is improvement in degree mission into college somewhat lagi more mature powers—md, asa cum, more thorough teaching. The result the unless the means are employed; and the does not depend upon those wboare immediately ed with the care of the instruction di yout. Prisen and teachers would unseignedly rejice, in recent the standard of education –in advancing the politieke and further in the path of learning-ipt mating its importance, could be prevailed up them the opportunity–for they, (unless totally wait le their trust, must be justly and conscientional con
that many meet, the best; glory's feet est
toy to rave, in the grave!
of the value of such improvement. But their vois scarcely listened to. By a prejudice, as shenimi reasonable as it is unjust, they are only to advance their own interest; 2nd fleiredo is, on that account, disregarded; when, upen en ciple by which human evidence ought to be the entitled to the highest respect Their ledge are greater than those die hele from daily experience antions mediator – her hann in
we barter life?
ff and idle there,
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le squadron'd horse
and dead they pour, lock smoke with gore.
never fall more worthily than in defending her from her own degenerate children. If overborne by this tumult, and the cause seems hopeless, continue self-sustained and self-possessed. Retire to your fields, but look beyond them. Nourish your spirits with meditation on the mighty dead who have saved their country. From your own quiet elevation, watch calmly this servile route as its triumph sweeps before you. The avenging hour will at last come. It cannot be that our free nation can long endure the vulgar dominion of ignorance and profligacy. You will live to see the laws re-established; these banditti will be scourged back to their caverns—the penitentiary will reclaim its fugitives in office, and the only remembrance which history will preserve of them, is the energy with which you resisted and defeated them.
THE DEAD SOLDIER.
BY HENRY D. BIRD.
Thine was the death that many meet,
That many deem the best;
To their eternal rest
What 'vails it where we barter life?
Whether upon the plain,
Or on the stormy main?
We die; and what to us is fame!
Why liest thou stiff and idle there,
Thy hand upon thy sword,
His fearful signal word?
Up, and away! the squadron'd horse
Approach in fierce array; They'll mar thy poor
dishonor'd corse, And tread thy form; away! Madly o'er faint and dead they pour, And hoof and fetlock smoke with gore.