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In the soft evening, when the winds are stilled,
Sinks where the islands of refreshment lie, And leaves the smile of his departure, spread O'er the warm-colored heaven and ruddy mountain head.
4. “Why weep ye then for him, who, having run
The bound of man's appointed years, at last, Life's blessings all enjoyed, life's labors done,
Serenely to his final rest has passed ? While the sost memory of his virtues yet Lingers, like twilight hues, when the bright sun is set.
5 “ His youth was innocent; his riper age
Marked with some act of goodness every day;
Faded his late-declining years away.
Thanks for the fair existence that was his ;
To mock him with her phantom miseries.
And glad that he has gone to his reward ;
Softly to disengage the vital cord.
1 When life as opening buds is sweet,
And golden hopes the spirit greet,
Alas! how hard it is to die!
And duties press, and tender ties
How awful then it is to die!
3 When, one by one, those ties are torn,
And friend from friend is snatched forlorn,
Ah! then, how easy 'tis to die! :
4 When trembling limbs refuse their weight, i
And films, slow-gathering, dim the sight, a
"Tis nature's precious boon to die! *
And words of peace the spirit cheer,
I were as in months, past, as in the days when God preserved me; when his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; as I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle ; when the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; when I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; when I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my
seat in the street. The young men saw me, and hid them2 selves : and the aged arose, and stood up. The princes
refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth. The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth. When the ear heard me, then it blessed me, and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me; because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me : and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. I was eyes 3 to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor ; and the cause which I knew not I searched out,.' And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth. Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand. My root was spread out hy the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch. My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in.my hand. Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel. After my words they spake not again : and my speech dropped upon them. And they waited for me as for the rain ; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain. If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down. I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.
If I did despise the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me; what then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him ? Did not he that made me in the womb make him ? and did not one fashion us in the womb ? If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering ; if liis loins have not bless'd me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; if I have listed up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate : Then let mine arm fall from my shoulderblade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.—Bible.
States.--WEBSTER. 1 Mr. PRESIDENT, let me run the honorable gentleman's doc
trine a little into its practical application. Let us look at his probable inodus operandi. If a thing can be done, an ingenious man can tell how it is to be done. Now, I wish to be informed how this state interference is to be put in practice, without violence, bloodshed, and rebellion. We will take the existing case of the tariff law. South Carolina is said to have made up her opinion upon it. If we do not repeal
it, (as we probably shall not,) she will then apply to the
case the remedy of her doctrine. She will, we must sup2 pose, pass a lw of her legislature, declaring the several acts of congress, usually called the tariff laws, null and void, so far as they respect South Carolina, or the citizens thereof. So far, all is a paper transaction, and easy enough. But the collector at Charleston, is collecting the duties imposed by these tariff laws---he, therefore, must be stopped. The collector will seize the goods if the tariff duties are not paid. The state authorities will undertake their rescue: the marshal with his posse, will come to the
collector's aid, and here the contest begins. The militia 3 of the state will be called out to sustain the nullifying act. 'They will march sir, under a very gallant leader : for I believe the honorable member himself commands the militia of that part of the state, He will raise the NULLIFYING Act on his standard, and spread it out as his banner! It will have a preamble bearing, That the tariff laws are palpable, deliberate, and dangerous violations of the constitution! He will proceed, wjik this banner flying, to the custom-house in Charleston
“ All the while, Sono: vus metal, blowing martial sounds." 4 Arrived at the custom-house, he will tell the collector that he must collect no more duties under any of the tariff laws. This, he will be somewhat puzzled to say, by the way, with a grave countenance, considering what hand South Carolina herself, had in that of 1816. But, sir, the collector would probably, not desist, at his bidding. He would show him the law of Congress, the treasury instruction, and his own oath of office. He would say, he should perform his duty, come what come might. Here would ensue a pause:
for they say that a certain stillness precedes the tempest. 5 The trumpeter would hold his breath awhile, and before
all this military array should fall on the custom-house, collector, clerks and all, it is very probable some of those composing it, would request of their gallant commander-inchief, to be informed a little upon the point of law : for they have, doubtless, a just respect for his opinions as a lawyer, as well as for his bravery as a soldier. They know he has read Blackstone and the Constitution, as well as Turrenne and Vauban They would ask him, therefore, something concern
ing their rights in this matter. They would inquire, whether 6 it was not somewhat dangerous to resist a law of the United
States. What would be the nature of their offence, they would wish to learn, if they, by military force and array, resisted the execution in Carolina of a law of the United States, and it should turn out, after all, that the law was
constitutional. He would answer, of course, treason. No .. lawyer could give any other answer. John Fries, he would
tell them, had learned that, some years ago. How, then, they would ask, do you propose to defend us? We are not afraid of bullets, but treason has a way of taking people off, 7 that we do not much relish. How, then, they would ask,
do you propose to defend us? “ Look at my floating banner," he would reply ; “ see there the nullifying law.” "Is it your opinion, gallant commander," they would then say, “ that if. we should be indicted for treason, that saine floating banner of your's would make a good plea in bar ?” « South Carolina is a sovereign state,” he would reply. “That is true—but would the judge admit our plea ?” os 'These tariff laws," he would repeat, "are unconstitutional, · palpably, deliberately, dangerously.” “That all may be so; 8 but if the tribunal should not happen to be of that opinion,
shall we swing for it? We are ready to die for our country, but it is rather an awkward business, this dying without touching the ground! After all, that is a sort of hemp-tax, worse than any part of the tariff.”
Mr. President, the honorable gentleman would be in a dilemma, like that of another great general. He would have a knot before him which he could not untie. He must cut it with his sword. He must say to his followers, defend yourselves with your bayonets ; and this is warcivil war.
Ambiguous Promises. I Where the terms of a promise admit of more senses than one, the promise is to be performed in that sense in which the promiser apprehended at the time, that the promisee received it. Temures promised the garrison of Sebastia if they would surrender, no blooil should be shed. The garrison surrendered, and Temures buried them all alive. Now Temures fulfilled the promise in one sense, and in the sense too 'in' which he intended it at the time ;