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the blessing of his hopes, and the goodness of the giver of all things. Then, especially, should he pour forth the grateful incense of his praise, and his devotion.
The Almighty deserves the praise of his creatures. The flower pays its worship in fragrant exhalation, and the lark when he carols at the gate of heaven, in praise of their glorious Maker. The sun burns incense daily, and the virgin stars keep nightly vigils; the mysterious anthem of the forest proclaims its devotion, and the sea declares its obedience as it murmurs into repose. Every moment of time bears an errand of mercy, and should not be allowed to pass without an acknowledgment of gratitude.
"Ye chief, for whom the whole creation smiles,
New-England.-J. G. PERCIVAL.
HAIL to the land whereon we tread,
The sepulchre of mighty dead,
No slave is here our unchained feet
Our fathers crossed the occan's wave
They left behind the coward slave
Such toils, as meaner souls had quelled;
Hail to the morn, when first they stood
And, fearless, stemmed the invading flood,
O! 'twas a proud, exulting day,
There is no other land like thee,
Thou art the shelter of the free;
Ere I forget to think upon
Thou art the firm, unshaken rock,
And, rising from thy hardy stock,
All, who the wreath of Freedom twine,
We love thy rude and rocky shore,
Let foreign navies hasten o'er,
They still shall find, our lives are given,
Conclusion of a Discourse delivered at Plymouth, Mass. Dec. 22d. 1820, in commemoration of the first settlement in New-England.-By DANIEL WEBSTER.
LET us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed in its light, and laboured in its hope. They sought to incorporate its prin
ciples with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, and literary. Let us cherish these sentiments, and extend their influence still more widely; in the full conviction that that is the happiest society which partakes in the highest degree of the mild and peaceable spirit of Christianity.
The hours of this day are rapidly flying, and this occasion will soon be passed. Neither we nor our children can ex- · pect to behold its return. They are in the distant regions of futurity, they exist only in the all-creating power of God, who shall stand here, a hundred years hence, to trace, through us, their descent from the pilgrims, and to survey, as we have now surveyed, the progress of their country during the lapse of a century. We would anticipate their concurrence with us in our sentiments of deep regard for our common ancestors. We would anticipate and partake the pleasure with which they will then recount the steps of New-England's advancement. On the morning of that day, although it will not disturb us in our repose, the voice of acclamation and gratitude, commencing on the rock of Plymouth, shall be transmitted through millions of the sons of the pilgrims, till it lose itself in the murmurs of the Pacifick seas.
We would leave, for the consideration of those who shall then occupy our places, some proof that we hold the blessings transmitted from our fathers in just estimation; some proof of our attachment to the cause of good government, and of civil and religious liberty; some proof of a sincere and ardent desire to promote every thing which may enlarge the understandings and improve the hearts of men. And when, from the long distance of a hundred years, they shall look back upon us, they shall know, at least, that we possessed affections, which, running backward, and warming with gratitude for what our ancestors have done for our happiness, run forward also to our posterity, and meet them with cordial salutation, ere yet they have arrived on the shore of Being.
Advance, then, ye future generations! We would hail you, as you rise in your long succession, to fill the places which we now fill, and to taste the blessings of existence where we are passing, and soon shall have passed, our human duration. We bid you welcome to this pleasant land of the Fathers. We bid you welcome to the healthful skies, and the verdant fields of New-England. We greet your
accession to the great inheritance which we have enjoyed. We welcome you to the blessings of good government, and religious liberty. We welcome you to the treasures of science and the delights of learning. We welcome you to the transcendant sweets of domestick life, to the happiness of kindred, and parents, and children. We welcome you to the immeasurable blessings of rational existence, the immortal hope of Christianity, and the light of everlasting Truth!
Effects of Education upon individuals.-Its importance to the publick.-WORDSWORTH.
ALAS! what differs more than man from man!
And whence this difference ?--whence but from himself?
With the same upright form! The sun is fixed,
Conscience to guide and check; and death
Strange then, nor less than monstrous might be deemed
The failure, if the Almighty, to this point
From common understanding; leaving truth
And frustrate all the rest! Believe it not :
For high and not for low,-for proudly graced
The fields of earth with gratitude and hope;
Motive to sadder grief, when his thoughts turn
To drudge through weary life without the aid
This right—as sacred, almost, as the right
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