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freedom with destruction, that England missed the sobriety, the self-command, the perfect soundness of judgment, the perfect rectitude of intention, to which the
history of revolutions furnishes no parallel, or furnishes ò a parallel in Washington alone.
LXXXVII. THE PILGRIM FATHERS.
SPRAGUE. (CHARLES SPRAGUE was born in Boston, October 25, 1791, and has constantly resided here. He made himself first known as a poet by several prize prologues at the opening of theatres, which had a polish of numbers and a vigor of expression not often found in compositions of this class. In 1823 he was the successful competitor for a prize offered for the best ode to be recited at a Shakspeare pageant at the Boston Theatre. This is the most fervid and brilliant of all his poems, and has much of the lyric rush and glow. In 1829 he recited a poem called “ Curiosity,” before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Harvard College, which is polished in its versification, and filled with carefully wrought and beautiful pictures. In 1830 he pronounced an ode at the centennial celebration of the settlement of Boston, (from which the following extract is taken,) which is a finished and animated performance. He has also written many smaller pieces, of much merit.
Mr. Sprague presents an encouraging example of the union of practical business habits with the tastes of a scholar and the sensibilities of a poet. He was for many years cashier of a bank, and performed his prosaic duties with as much attentiveness and skill as if he had never written a line of verse ]
BEHOLD! they come those sainted forms,
That drove them from their own fair land ;
With streaming eye yet steadfast heart,
And burst each tender tie,
Haunts, where their sunny youth was passede,
In peaceful age to die.
Their fathers' hallowed graves,
Beyond a world of waves.
When Israel's race from bondage fled,
And dared a fearful doom,
And find a quiet tomb.
They come ; that coming who shall tell ?
When we are in the tomb;
And tread a shore of gloom,
Deep shadows veiled the way they held ;
On yonder ice-bound rock,
To meet Fate's rudest shock.
In grateful adoration now,
As waits to crown that feeble hour ?
There falls the iron from the soul;
Up to the King of kings!
The dreaming nations shall awake,
Pontiff and prince, your sway
Must crumble from that day :
The hand is raised, the pledge is given,
Spread out earth's holiest records here,
Of days and deeds to reverence dear;
On kingdoms built
In blood and guilt,
Who rose to bless their kind
Man's spirit to unbind ?
Who boundless seas passed o'er,
To dedicate a shore,
O many a time it hath been told,
Her sweetest, purest flower ;
And hill and valley blessed
There, where their ashes rest,
Who, to life's noblest end,
life's noblest powers, And bade the legacy descend
Down, down to us and ours.
THE INTELLECTUAL INFLUENCE OF
(CORNELIUS CONWAY FELTON was born in West Newbury, Massachusetts, November 6, 1807, and died February 26, 1862. He was graduated at Harvard College in 1827. In 1834 he was elected Eliot Professor of Greek Literature in Harvard College, which office he retained till 1860, when he was elevated to the presidency of the same institution. He was a man of extensive learning and great intellectual activity, warmly interested in the cause of education, and much beloved in all the relations of life. He was the editor of various works in the department of classical learning, and a frequent contributor to the periodical literature of the country.
The following extract is from an address before the Alumni of Harvard Col. lege, delivered July 20, 1854.
Parnassus is a lofty mountain in the central part of Greece, and Acrocorinthos a high hill overhanging the city of Corinth. The Acropolis was the citadel of Athens. The Cephissus was a small stream in Athens. Agora is the Greek word for market-place. The Hill of Mars, or Areopagus, was a small eminence in Athens. The Parthenon was a temple of Minerva, built of marble, the ruins of which are still remaining. Marathon was the scene of a battle, and the bay of Salamis of a sea-fight, between the Greeks and Persians.]
An ancient orator, claiming for his beloved Athens the leadership among the states of Greece, rests his argument chiefly on her pre-eminence in those intellectual graces
which embellish the present life of man, and her inculca5 tion of those doctrines which gave to the initiated a sweeter hope of a life beyond the present.
During the long existence of the Athenian Republic, amidst the interruptions of foreign and domestic wars,
her territory overrun by Hellenic and Barbarian armies, 10 her forests burned, her fields laid waste, her temples lev
elled in the dust, in those tumultuous ages of her democratic existence, the fire of her creative genius never