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6. A distinguishing feature of his mind was his common sense, — the best substitute for genius in a ruler who has the destinies of his fellow-men at his disposal, and more indispensable than genius itself. In Gasca, the different qualities were blended in such harmony, that there was no room for excess. They seemed to regulate each other.
7. While his sympathy with mankind taught him the nature of their wants, his reason suggested to what extent these were capable of relief, as well as the best mode of effecting it. He did not waste his strength on illusory schemes of benevolence, like Las Casas, on the one hand; nor did he countenance the selfish policy of the colonists, on the other. He aimed at the practicable, — the greatest good practicable.
8. In accomplishing his objects, he disclaimed force equally with fraud. He trusted for success to his power over the convictions of his hearers; and the source of this power was the confidence he inspired in his own integrity. Amidst all the calumnies of faction, no imputation was ever cast on the integrity of Gasca. No wonder that a virtue so rare should be of high price in Peru.
9. There are some men whose characters have been so wonderfully adapted to the peculiar crisis in which they appeared, that they seem to have been specially designed for it by Providence. Such was Washington in our own country, and Gasca in Peru. We can conceive of individuals with higher qualities, at least with higher intellectual qualities, than belonged to either of these great men. But it was the wonderful conformity of their characters to the exigencies of their situation, the perfect adaptation of the means to the end, that constituted the secret of their success; that enabled Gasca so gloriously to crush revolution, and Washington still more gloriously to achieve it.
XXXII. — THE LAY OF SIR WILLIAM WALLACE.
The th in 'NEATH (contraction of beneath) is vocal as in breathe ; the vowel before n in WOVEN, BURDEN, is not sounded. Ew in Dews has the y sound of long u. Pronounce both dùth, ARE ar, SACRIFICE sakrifize.
See in the Index, sky, WALLACE.
The gray hill and the purple heath
Are round me as I stand;
The lake lies calm and grand :
'Neath yon blue sky are bare,
Whether in morn's bright hues,
Woven by twilight dews, –
Beauty on shore and wave, -
Most eloquent, though dumb, —
Receive me as I come!
Stand with unblushing brow,
Strong must his will be, and serene,
His spirit pure and bright,
Sealed as a sacred spring,
As an unholy thing;
Where most he hopes, betrayed,
Than earthly lips may tell;
Doth truest honor dwell.
Bearing the record high
Fame, pleasure, love, and life;
And wage the unending strife.
Pain, toil, my soul defies !-
Accept the sacrifice ! *
* Sir William Wallace led the Scotch at the battle of Stirling Bridge, September 11, 1297, when the English were driven from Scotland. But the next year a battle took place near Falkirk in which he was defeated. He fought for his country with varying fortunes through a series of years, but, being captured by the English, was hanged by them, August 23, 1305, under circumstances of great barbarity.
XXXIII. — IN GLORIAM.
FROM THE FRENCH OF RACINE.
Do not slur the sound of t in PRECEPTS; of long diphthongal u in conTINUAL, USURY, &c.; of the aspirate in WHY, WHENCE. The e is not sounded in RIPEN. Pronounce WERE to rhyme with her.
See in Index, AUGUST, GLORY, INGRATE, NATURE, SINAI, RACINE.
Delivery. The lesson is a translation from Racine's tragedy of Athalie (pronounced At'a-le in French). It is founded on Bible history. A choir of Hebrew maidens are represented as chanting praises to the glory (Latin, in gloriam) of the true God. In the passages for combined utterance the words should be uttered simultaneously by all. To do this well some practice will be required.
First Voice. The universe is full of His magnificence. To our God be adoration and worship forever! Before the birth of time His empire was established. Let us sing, let us publish His benefits.
All. Let us sing, let us publish his benefits.
Second Voice. Vainly would Oppression impose silence on the people that praise Him. His name shall perish never from among our nation. Day proclaimeth unto day His glory and His power. The universe is full of His magnificence. Let us sing, let us publish His benefits.
All. The universe is full of His magnificence. Let us sing, let us publish His benefits.
Third Voice. He paints the flowers with beauty. He causes the fruits to spring and ripen. He dispenses to them aright the heat of day and the coolness of night. The ground returns with usury all it receives.
Fourth Voice. To the sun He gives commandment to animate all Nature; and the light is a gift of His power. But His law holy and pure — His law holy and pure — is the most precious of His gifts to man.
Fifth Voice. O mount of Sinai! preserve the recollection of that day forever august, — forever to be
remembered, — when on thy glowing summit, enveloped in thick clouds, the Lord God displayed to mortals a ray of His glory. Those fires and those lightnings,those torrents of smoke, that sound of trumpets, – those reverberations of thunder, — 0! tell us why and whence ? Sent were they to reverse the order of the elements,—to shake, from its old foundations, the solid earth?
Sixth Voice. He came to reveal to the children of the Hebrews the immortal light of His precepts. He came to this favored people to write upon their hearts the ordinance of love, – of love eternal for the Lord their God!
Seventh Voice, and then a repetition by All. O law divine and gracious! O justice! O goodness supreme ! What debt of love and faith do we not owe Him for His tender mercies !
Eighth Voice. From the yoke of the oppressor He rescued our fathers. He nourished them on manna in the desert. He gives us His laws, He gives us himself! And for all His givings He asks only that we love Him.
All. O justice! O goodness supreme !
Ninth Voice. For our people He made a way through the waters of the sea. For our people He made a stream gush from the ărid rock. He gives us His laws, He gives us himself! And for all His givings He asks only that we love Him.
All. O law divine and gracious! What debt of love and faith do we not owe Him for His tender mercies !
Tenth Voice. Ye who approach Him with a servile fear, – ingrates ! — shall such a God not win your hearts? Are they so stubborn that they will not melt,
- giving back love for love? The slave may fear the tyrant, dealing outrage; but the child's joyful privilege is love. Would you, for life and its continual