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boy, for the first time, the meaning of his life: that it was no fool's or sluggard's paradise, into which he had wandered by chance, but a battle-field, ordained from of old, where there are no spectators, but the youngest must take his side, and the stakes are life and death. And he, who roused this consciousness in them, showed them, at the same time, by every word he spoke in the pulpit, and by his whole daily life, how that battle wal to be fought; and stood there before them, their fellowsoldier and the captain of their band.
5. The true sort of captain, too, for a boys' army; one who had no misgivings, and gave no uncertair. word of command, and, let who would yield or make truce, would fight the fight out - so every boy felt — to the last gasp, and the last drop of blood. Other sides of his character might take hold of and influence boys, here and there, but it was this thoroughness and undaunted courage which, more than any thing else, won his way to the hearts of the great mass of those on whom he left his mark, and made them believe, first in him, and then in his Master.
CXVI. — ONWARD.
Not as though I had already attained. — PHILIPPIANS, iii. 12.
But what thou art doing ;
But which thou ’rt pursuing;
But that thou art wooing!
Thy progression, not thy rest,
Striving, not attaining,
Of thy hope remaining;
As in conscious gaining.
Of Experience learning,
Wisdom dearly earning ;
Hath no more returning.
Let not thy good hope depart,
Sit not down bewailing;
'Neath despair's assailing :
Knowledge of thy failing.
In the dust be lying,-
In defeat be flying;
J. K. LOMBARD..
1. HERE, soldiers, you must either conquer or die. On the right and left two seas enclose you; and you have no ship to fly to for escape. The river Po around you, - the Po, larger and more impetuous than the Rhone, – the Alps behind, scarcely passed by you
when fresh and vigorous, -hem you in. Here For. tune has granted you the termination of your labors; here she will bestow a reward worthy of the service you have undergone.
2. All the spoils that Rome has amassed by so many triumphs will be yours. Think not that, in proportion as this war is great in name, the victory will be difficult. From the Pillars* of Her'cu-lēs, from the ocean, from the remotest limits of the world, over mountains and rivers, you have advanced victorious through the fiercest nations of Gaul and Spain. And with whom are you now to fight? With a raw army, which this very summer was beaten, conquered and surrounded; an army unknown to their leader, and he to them!
3. Shall I compare myself, almost born, and certainly bred, in the tent of my father, that illustrious commander, - myself, the conqueror, not only of the Alpine nations, but of the Alps themselves, — myself, who was the pupil of you all, before I became your commander, — to this six months' general ? or shall I compare his army with mine?
4. On what side soever I turn my eyes, I behold all full of courage and strength: — a veteran infantry; a most gallant cavalry; you, our allies, most faithful and valiant; you, Carthaginians, whom not only your country's cause, but the justest anger, impels to battle. The valor, the confidence of invaders, are ever greater than those of the defensive party. As the assailants in this war, we pour down, with hostile standards, upon Italy. We bring the war. Suffering, injury and indignity, fire our minds.
5. First they demanded me, your leader, for punishment; and then all of you, who had laid siege to Sagun'tum. And, had we been given up, they would have visited us with the severest tortures. Cruel and haughty nation! Every thing must be yours, and at your disposal! You are to prescribe to us with whom we shall have war — with whom peace! You are to shut us up by the boundaries of mountains and rivers, which we must not pass !
* An ancient name for the heights of Gibraltar and of the opposito coast,
6. But you — you are not to observe the limits you yourselves have appointed !. “Pass not the I-be'rug !" - What next?“ Saguntum is on the Iberus. You must not move a step in any direction !” — Is it a small thing that you have deprived us of our most ancient provinces, Sicily and Sardinia ? Will you take Spain also ? Should we yield Spain, you will cross over into Africa. Will cross, did I say? They have sent the two Consuls of this year, one to Africa, the other to Spain !
Soldiers, there is nothing left to us, in any quarter, but what we can vindicate with our swords. Let those be cowards who have something to look back upon; whom, flying through safe and unmolested roads, their own country will receive. There is a necessity for us to be brave. There is no alternative but victory or death; and, if it must be death, who would not rather encounter it in battle than in flight? The immortal gods could give no stronger in-cen'tive to victory. Let but these truths be fixed in your minds, and once again I proclaim, you are conquerors !
CEASE, then, nor order imperfection name;
CXVIII. — RESULTS OF THE AMERICAN WAR, 1780.
Pronounce Parliament, Par'le-ment. In produced, &c., heed the sound of long u.
1. We are charged with expressing joy at the tri. umphs of America. True it is that, in a former session, I proclaimed it as my sincere opinion, that if the Ministry had succeeded in their first scheme against the liberties of America, the liberties of this country would have been at an end. Thinking this, as I did, in tho sincerity of an honest heart, I rejoiced at the resist ance which the Ministry had met to their attempt. That great and glorious statesman, the late Lord Chatham, feeling for the liberties of his native country, thanked Heaven that America had resisted.
2. But, it seems, “all the calamities of the country are to be ascribed to the wishes, and the joy, and the speeches, of Opposition.” O, miserable and un fortunate Ministry! O, blind and incapable men! whose measures are framed with so little foresight, and executed with so little firmness, that they not only crumble to pieces, but bring ruin on the country, merely because one rash, weak or wicked man, in the House of Commons, makes a speech against them!
3. But who is he who arraigns gentlemen on this side of the House with causing, by their inflammatory speeches, the misfortunes of their country? The accusation comes from one whose inflammatory harangues have led the nation, step by step, from violence to violence, in that inhuman, unfeeling system of blood