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berty, no fear existed either of the progress of reason, or the. influence of prejudice.
To us, Frenchmen, who have been so kindly received on these peaceful shores, it belongs to pay distinguished respect to the wisdom of the hero whom we deplorè ; we, whom cruel fate has torn from our homes, without suffering us to carry away any thing but our tears and our innocence, to interest the pity of mankind, should ever hold him in grateful remembrance. What would have become of that croud of wretched old men, children and defenceless citizens, whom the daggers of assa's sins had driven from their blazing habitations, if an inimical policy had repulsed us from this hospitable land ? My country. men, let us never forget to teach our children to bless the memory of the protector of their early days : let us never forget to tell then, that, but for him, perhaps, the wide ocean had been their tomb.
WHILST Europe, inundated with blood, endeavored to force the neutral powers to swell the number of destroyers and victims, United America, enjoying peace, wished to have nothing to fear from European policy, and the raising of an army appeared the surest mean to secure it against all foreign menace and influence. The name, alone, of Washington, ought to have convinced the belligerent powers of the injustice of their attempts on a nation whose defence he had, undertaken. This great man imposed no other conditions to his obedience than those of Cincinnatus to the Roman senate--the 'liberty of retiring to his fields, when the country should be placed in a state of security.
It was in the midst of this career, that death snatched him from the love and gratitude of the world.
HEAVEN and nature have taken back their gift in all the perfe&ion of his being, that he might carry to the tomb, a glory unsullied by any human weakness. Serene in mind, above fear, all human obligations paid, at peace with God, his exalted soul is gone to enjoy in heaven the blessings which it receives from mortals.
O! WASHINGTON, if in the abode of thy glory thou art accessible to the sighs and lamentations of men, pardon their grief, should it intrude for a moment on thy supreme felicity! Thou canst not yet tear thyself from our love ; our sorrows will pursue thee even to the bosom of the divinity,Each day will we do homage to eternal mercy in immortalizing thy memory--each day will we importune it, in imploring the restoration of it!
Shade of WASHINGTON, rest in peace ! SOVEREIGN arbiter of worlds, supreme and inexhaustible source of all good! accept our thanks! Thou hast bestowed on the world a model of all human perfection, to re-animate the germs of virtue implanted in our bosoms! Deign, O great architect of the universe, to inspire the rulers of nations with a sense of thy ineffable goodness! Stay, with thine Almighty arm, the blood and tears, with which pride and ambition are drenching the earth! Grant, O my God! that the desire of glory may be kindled in the souls of heroes, only by the love of justice and humanity!
[After the orator bad ceased to speak, the worshipful master. arose, and delivered in English the following respectful address to the grand master, and other grand officers and American vi. sitors; and concluded the ceremonies of the day with a polite address, in French, to the ladies.]
R. W. grand master; W. grand officers of the grand lodge of Pennsylvania.
American bretbren, L OWEVER true may be the satisfaction we feel every time Il you honor this lodge with your presence, we cannot but lament the occasion of your visit on this day. If the loss we all bewail, was but a common loss; if the grief it occasions was confined to American hearts, I might perhaps have attempted to alleviate it; but what comfort could you expect to
receive from those who want comfort as much as you! How can I presume to dry up the tears you shed upon the tomb of your illustrious countryman, when his eminent virtues have made him the man of all nations, the idol of all hearts. Yes, brethren, however proud America may feel of having produced such a hero, it is long since she lost her exclusive claim to his glory; it is long since he became the ornament of mankind, and the citizen of the world. Permit me, however, to tell you, that to wo nation on earth, after his own, was he so dear as to France ; there the fame of his immortal actions filled every heart with pride and admiration ; there, his only name had the talismanie power of ennobling the soul, and raising it to sublime things. Such was, brethren, the opinion entertained of our illustrious brother, at the time I left my native country. I trust these noble sentiments have not degenerated, and sincerely hope, that the ceremony you witness to-day in this lodge, will find imitators in our sister lodges of France ; there, also, a just tribute will be paid to the memory of our hero ; there, also, the most feeling part of the creation will blend their tears with those of masons, and exhibit the affecting scene of beauty weeping upon the trophies of glory and virtue,
My amiable sisters, In inviting you, this day, to become partners in our sorrows', and our tears, we have only done homage to a dictate of nature, and acknowledged a right, your title to which she herself is proud to guarantee. Grief is the offspring and attendant of sensibility, and beauty claims the privilege of preparing gare lands for the tombs of her heroes. It is for her smiles they make suit during the career of their lives ; it is her tears they solicit when they descend in their splendor, to the night of the grave. Perhaps no mortal ever boasted a fairer title to this glorious tribute, than he whose recent loss inflicts a wound on every fieart! The tablature of his resplendent virtues has been just pourtrayed to us by the hand of genius ; truth vouchsafed to guide the pencil; sentiment furnished her magic colouring, and your tears are sufficient evidence how irresistible was the effect!
Had not grief the deplorable power of swallowing up every other sentiment, I would declare to you what delight and glory I derive from presiding in the lodge l'Aménité, on an occasion when you assemble to adorn its important labors. In lamenting with you, that it should be this same sentiment of grief which has introduced beauty to the temple of wisdom, I am, notwithstanding, bound to congratulate you on such a fortunate occurrence, an occurrence of which the value should be deemed proportionate to the rarity. The unusual splendor with which your presence gilds the ceremonies of the day, the brilliancy of sentiment with which you inspire our souls, the noble dignity of woe which your deportment has manifested, should all conspire to swell our regret that the inflexible laws of masonry ex„cludes you froin a knowledge of her mysteries. But however rigid you may deem those laws, beware of suspecting them of caprice or injustice. Reject the opinion of an ignorant popuJace, who hold this exclusion injurious to that lovely sex which constitutes its object. Banish the idea,, which would., mortify us by shading with suspicion the sublime opinion we entertain of your virtues. ,; Be assured, that, in thus retiring from your view, we distrust ourselves rather than you. Be assured, that far from undervaluing the gifts with which nature has so bounteously favored us, we dread the dominion which they never fail to exercise over our hearts. Finally, be assured that beauty is excluded from the temple of wisdom, only from an apprehension that the torch of love might obscure, by its brilliancy, the sweet but feeble lustre of truth.
But, though strangers to the mysteries which reign in this place, you do not fail, my dear sisters, to co-operate in the grand work which we have undertaken. It is in the bosom of your domestic virtues, that we prepare the precious elements of a course of labor devoted to wisdom; it is you, who in conferring on us the sacred title of parent, open to our hearts all the treasures of tender sensibility, and render them capable of those emotions which beneficence and humanity have so often applauded in this place ; it is you whose mild resignation gives calmness to those turbulent spirits ever prone to be restless under the pressure of adversity ; it is you who sweeten the bitter
cup of a long and painful exile ; it is you who render tolerable
VISITANTS from every kindred lodge who this day honor us with your presence, accept, in this form profane, such thanks and acknowledgments as are your due. If the lodges which are so fortunate as to be the dispensers of light to you, feel any interest in our labors, give them to know, that you have seen the French lodge l'Aménitè prodigal of her tears over the tomb of Washington.
X Funeral eulogy, occasioned by the death of general WASHINGTON.
Delivered before the New-York State Society of the Cincinnatia
THIS solemn assembly and these sable ensigns proclaim no
common grief. Alreaãy has every American wept ; already have the sad funereal processions moved ; and already