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tant prejudices of Flood, and opposed to the extreme measures of Tone.
12. For Grattan it was not enough to have glorious ends : he strenuously insisted on the necessity of wor, thy means. His moral character stands out in prominent relief amid the venality and selfishness of the age. “I never knew a man,” said Wilberforce, “whose patriotism and love for his country seemed so completely to extinguish all private interests, and to induce him to look invariably and exclusively to the public good.”
13. “Great men,” says Sydney Smith, “hallow a whole people, and lift up all who live in their time. What Irishman does not feel proud that he has lived in the days of GRATTAN ? who has not turned to him for comfort, from the false friends and open enemies of Ireland ? No government ever dismayed him — the world could not bribe him : he thought only of Ireland, - lived for no other object, — dedicated to her his beautiful fancy, his elegant wit, his manly courage, and all the splendor of his astonishing eloquence. He was so born and so gifted, that poetry, forensic skill, elegant literature, and all the highest attainments of human genius, were within his reach ; but he thought the noblest occupation of a man was to make other men happy and free; and in that straight line he went on for fifty years, without one side-look, without one yielding thought, without one motive in his heart which he might not have laid open to the view of God and man.”
14. After having experienced all the vicissitudes of public life, his brave and manly nature remained tender and genial to the last. He died in the service of his country. Though warned by his medical attendants of the consequence, he insisted upon going to London to present the Catholic petition. Exhausted by the journey, he expired there the 14th of May, 1820. The best and noblest spirits in England gathered round his
sons, and entreated that his remains should lie where those of Fox and Chatham are interred. His grave is in Westminster Abbey.
15. Reader ! if you be an Irish Protestant, and entertain harsh prejudices against your Catholic countrymen, study the works and life of Grattan : learn from him (for none can teach you better) how to purify your nature from bigotry : learn from him to look on all your countrymen with a loving heart, — to be tolerant of infirmities, caused by their unhappy history, — and, like Grattan, earnestly sympathize with all that is brave and generous in their character.
16. Reader! if you be an Irish Catholic, learn from Grattan, that it is possible to be a Protestant, and have a heart for Ireland and its people. Think that the brightest age of Ireland was when Grattan — a steady Protestant — raised it to proud eminence; think also that in the hour of his triumph he did not forget the state of your oppressed fathers, but labored through his virtuous life that both you and your children should enjoy unshackled liberty of conscience.
17. But, reader! whether you be Protestant or Catholic, and whatever be your party, you will do well to ponder upon the spirit and principles which governed the public and private career of Grattan. Learn from him how to regard your countrymen, of all denominations. Learn from him to avoid hating men on account of their religious professions or hereditary descent. Go and carry into practice, within your social and political sphere, those moral duties which Grattan so eloquently taught in his matchless oratory, and so nobly enforced in his well-spent life. Recollect, that any country, containing such elements as those which roused his genius, never need despair. Be not disheartened.
LXXI. – TRUE AND FALSE VALOR.
See in Index, CONTUMELY, ODIOUS, VALOR, JONSON.
Delivery. This noble specimen of the argumentative style requires middle pitch, gentle force, varied inflections and pauses, and a pure quality of voice. Some slight alterations and transpositions from the original have been made, to adapt the extract to our purpose.
True valor springs from reason,
Banishment, loss of children, long disease :
LXXII. — A GRAIN OF DUST.
See in Index, CENTRE or CENTER, DIAMOND, FORWARD, HERBAGE, HUMBLE, MOLECULE, Hunt. See remarks, $$ 48, 51.
1. If we regard the conditions of the beautiful and varied organic covering of the Earth, the certainty, the
constancy of change are ever before us. Vegetable life passes into the animal form, and both perish to feed the future plant. Man, moving to-day the monarch of a mighty people, in a few years passes back to his primitive clod; and that combination of elementary atoms, which is dignified with the circle of sovereignty and the robe of purple, after a period may be sought for in the herbage of the fields and in the humble flowers of the valley.
2. We have, then, this certain truth : all things visible around us are aggregations of atoms. From particles of dust, which under the microscope could scarcely be distinguished one from the other, are all the varied forms of nature created. This grain of dust, this particle of sand, has strange properties and powers. Science has discovered some, but still more truths are hidden within this irregular molecule of matter which we now survey, than even philosophy dares dream of.
3. How strangely it obeys the impulses of heat! Mysterious are the influences of light upon it, — electricity wonderfully excites it, - and still more curious is the manner in which it obeys the magic of chemical force. These are phenomena which we have seen ; we know them, and we can reproduce them at our pleasure. We have advanced a little way into the secrets of nature, and from the spot we have gained, we look forward with a vision somewhat brightened by our task ; but we discover so much that is yet unknown, that we learn another truth, - our vast ignorance of many things relating to this grain of dust.
4. It găthers around it other particles; they cling together, and each acting upon every other one, and all of them arrānging themselves around the little centre, according to some law, a beautiful crystal results, the geometric perfection of its form being a source of admiration. It exerts some other powers, and atom cohering to atom, obeying the influences of many exter