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Have we any thing new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find, which have not been already exhausted ? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves longer. Sir, we have done' every thing that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned -We have remonstrated-we have supplicated-we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.
İn vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.
There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free—if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending-if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon, until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained—we must fight! - I repeat it, sir, we must fight!! peal to arms and to the God of Hosts, is all that is left us.
They tell us, sir, that we are weak-unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those nkeans which the God of nature hath placed in our
power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up
friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have
, no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged. Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable—and let it come!! I repeat it, sir, let it come!!!
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry peace, peace, but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps
from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
DESCRIPTION OF THE EMPRESS OF RUS
SIA'S PALACE OF ICE.
COWPER. Less worthy of applause, though more admired, Because a novelty, the work of man, Imperial mistress of the fur-clad Russ, Thy most magnificent and mighty freak, The wonder of the North. No forest sell When thou would'st build; no quarry sent its stores To eririch thy walls: but thoù didst hew the floods, And make thy marble of the glassy wave. In such a palace Aristæs found Cyrene, when he bore the plaintive tale
Of his lost bees to her maternal ear: In such a palace Poetry might place The armoury of Winter; where his troops, The gloomy clouds, find weapons, arrowy sleet, Skin piercing volley, blossom bruising hail, And snow, that often blinds the traveller's course, And wraps him in an unexpected tomb. Silently as a dream the fabric rose; No sound of hammer or of saw was there: Ice upon ice, the well-adjusted parts Were soon conjoined, nor other cement ask'd Than water interfused to make them one. Lamps gracefully disposed, and of all hues, Illumined every side: a watery light Gleamed through the clear transparency, that seem'd Another moon new risen, or meteor fallen From Heaven to Earth, of lambent flame serene. So stood the brittle prodigy; though smooth And slippery the materials, yet frust-bound Firm as a rock. Nor wanted aught within That royal residence might well befit For grandeur or for use. Long wavy wreaths Of flowers, that feared no enemy but warmth, Blush'd on the pannels. Mirror needed none Where all was vitreous; but in order due Convivial table and commodious seat, (What seem'd at least commodious seat) were there; Sofa and couch, and high built throne august. The same lubricity was found in all, And all was moist to the warm touch; a scene Of evanescent glory, once a stream, And soon to slide into a stream again. Alas! 'was but a mortifying stroke Of undesigned severity, that glanced, (Made by a Monarch) on her own estate, On human grandeur and the courts of king & 'Twas transient in its nature, as in show 'Twas durable; as worthless as it seem'd Intrinsically precious; to the foot Treacherous and false; it smiled, and it was cold.
MEETING OF SATAN AND THE ANGELS.
PARADISE LOST.- -Book IV. Now had night measured with her shadowy cone Half way up hill this vast sublunar vault, And from their ivory port the cherubim, Forth issuing at the accustomed hour, stood armed To their night watches in warlike parade, When Gabriel to his next in power thus spake.
“Uzziel, half these draw off, and coast the south With strictest watch; these other wheel the north; Our circuit meets full west." As flame they part, Half wheeling to the shield, half to the spear. From these, two strong and subtle spirits he called That near him stood, and gave them thus in charge.
“Ithuriel and Zephon, with winged speed Search through this garden, leave unsearched no
nook: But chiefly where those two fair creatures lodge, Now laid perhaps asleep, secure of harm. This evening from the sun's decline arrived Who tells of some infernal spirit seen Hitherward bent (who could have thought?) escaped The bars, of hell, on errand bad no doubt: Such where ye find, seize fast and hither bring.”
So saying, on he led his radiant files, Dazzling the moon; these to the bower direct In search of whom they sought: him there they found Squat like a toad, close at the ear of Eve, Assaying by his devilish art to reach The organs of her fancy, and with them forge Illusions as he list, phantasms and dreams; Or if, inspiring venom, he might taint The animal spirits, that from pure blood arise Like gentle breaths from rivers pure, thence raise At least distempered, discontented thoughts, Vain hopes, vain aims, inordinate desires, Blown up with high conceits engendering pride. Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched lightly ; for no falsehood can endure Touch of celestial temper, but returns
Of force to its own likeness: up he starts
" Which of those rebel spirits adjudged to Hell
“Know ye not then,” said Satan, filled with scorn, Know
not me? knew me once, no mate you, there sitting where ye durst not soar; Not to know me argues yourselves unknown, The lowest of your throng; or, if ye know, Why ask ye, and superfluous begin Your message, like to end as much in vain?"
To whom thus Zephon, answering scorn with scorn. “ Think not, revolted spirit, thy shape the same, Or undiminished brightness to be known, As when thou stood'st in Heaven upright and pure; That glory then, when thou no more wast good, Departed from thee; and thou resemblest now Thy sin and place of doom, obscure and foul. But come, for thou, be sure, shalt give account To him who sent us, whose charge is to keep This place inviolable, and these from harm.
So spake the cherub, and this grave rebuke, Severe in youthful beauty, added grace Invincible, abashed the devil stood, And felt how awful goodness is, and saw Virtue in her own shape how lovely; saw, and pined His loss; but chiefly to find here observed His lustre visibly impaired; yet seemed Undaunted. “ If I must contend,” said he, « Best with the best, the sender, not the sent, Or all at once; more glory will be won,