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FIFTY YEARS

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| ENGLISH CONSTITUTION

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*Akhissen-At-law; LATE PROFESSOR OF JURISPRUDENCE IN UNIVERSITY coli. EGF, Iox soos ;
ANI) of JURISPRUDENCE AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND LEGAL HISTORY To Thib.
INNs or court ; LATE ExAMINER IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY or
ENGLAND to THE UNIVERSITY of LoNDoN ; AUTHOR of “A PRIMER
of THE ENGLISH constitution,” “A system.Atic virw
of THE SCIENCE OF JURISPRUDENCE, ETC. ETC.

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TO

MY SON AND DAUGHTER.

“FOR FREEDOM's BATTLE ONCE BEGUN,
BEQUEATHED BY . . . . sIRE TO SON,
Though BAFFLED of T, Is EveR won.”

‘WHENCE DID THIS HAPPY organisation FIRST come WAs IT A TREE TRANSPLANTED FROM PARADISE, witH ALL ITs BRANCHES IN FULL FRUITAGE 7 OR WAS IT SOWED IN SUNSHINE 2 WAS IT IN VERNAL BREEZES AND GENTLE RAINS THAT IT FIXED ITS ROOTS, AND GREW AND STRENGTHENED ! LET HISTORY ANswer: THESE QUESTIONS. WITH Blood was IT PLANTED : It was ROCKED IN TEMPESTs; THE GOAT, THE Ass, AND THE STAG GNAWED IT : THE WILD BOAR HAS WHETTED HIS TUSKS ON ITS BARK. THE DEEP SCARS ARE STILL ExTANT ON ITs TRUNK, AND THE PATH OF THE LIGHTNING MAY BE TRACEI) AMosq Its higher BRANches. AND EVEN AFTER its full o: Row TH, IN THE SEASON OF ITS STRENGTH, when ITS HEIGHT REACHED TO HEAVEN, AND THE SIGHT THEREOF TO ALL THE EARTH, THE WHIRLWIND HAS MORE THAN ONCE FORCED ITS st ATELY TOP to Touch. The GROUND ; IT HAS BEEN BENT LIKE A Bow, AND SPRANG BACK LIKE A SHAFT, MIGHTIER POWERS WERE AT WORK THAN EXPEDIENCY EVER YET CALLED UP; YEA, MIGHTIER THAN THE MERE UNDERSTANDING CAN COMPREHEND.'

CoLERIDGE's Lay Sermons.

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