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Hast heard it told, when infants smile
In calm and tranquil slumbers,
And chant their heavenly numbers ?
Then, sister! hear the silent voice
Thine infant's smile is giving
Thy child in heaven is living:
A FINISHED EDUCATION.
“Well," exclaimed a young lady, just returned from school, “ my education is at last finished !-indeell, it would be strange, if, after five years' hard application, any thing were left incomplete Happily, that is all over now; and I have nothing to do, but to
; exercise my various accomplishments.
Let me see ! -- As to French, I am mistress of that, and speak it, if possible, with more fluency than English. Italian I can read with ease, and pronounce
ery well; as well, at least, as any of my friends ; and that is all one need wish for in Italian Music I have learned till I am perfectly sick of it. But, now
that we have a grand piano, it will be delightful to play when we have company; I must still continue to practise a little ; — the only thing, I think, that I need
, I now improve myself in. And then there are my Italian songs ! which every body allows I sing with tastė; and as it is what so few people can pretend to, I am particularly glad that I can.
“My drawings are universally admired, - especially the shells and flowers, which are beautiful, certainly : besides this, I have a decided taste in all kinds of fancy ornaments. And then my dancing and waltzing, -in which our master himself owned that he could take me no farther; — just the figure for it, certainly ; it would be unpardonable if I did not excel.
“ As to common things, geography, and history, and poetry, and philosophy, - thank my stars, I have got
through them all! so that I may consider myself not only perfectly accomplished, but also thoroughly well informed. Well, to be sure, how much I have fagged through! the only wonder is, that one head can contain it all !"
FOR DECLAMATION OR RHETORICAL READING
OUR OBLIGATIONS AS CITIZENS.
LET the sacred obligations which have devolved on. this generation, and on us, sink deep into our hearts. Those are daily dropping from among us, who established our liberty and our government. The great trust now descends to new hands. Let us apply ourselves to that which is presented to us, as our appropriate object. We can win no laurels in a war for Independence. Earlier and worthier hands have gathered them all. Nor are there places for us by the side of Solon, and Alfred, and other founders of states. Our fathers have filled them. But their remains to us a great duty of defence and preservation; and there is opened to us, also, a noble pursuit, tu which the spirit of the times strongly invites us.
Our proper business is improvement. Let our age be the age of improvement. In a day of peace, let us advance the arts of peace and the works of peace. Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great
interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered. Let us cultivate a true spirit of union and harmony. In pursuing the great objects, which our condition points out to us, let us act under a settled conviction, and an habitual feeling, that these twentyfour states are one country. Let our conceptions be enlarged to the circle of our duties. Let us extend our ideas over the whole of the vast field in which we are called to act. Let our object be, our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country. And by the blessing of God, may that country itself become a vast and splendid Monument, not of oppręssion and terror, but of Wisdom, of Peace, and of Liberty, upon which the world may gaze with admiration, forever!
AMES'S SPEECH ON THE BRITISH TREATY.
MR. SPEAKER-If any, against all these proofs, should maintain, that the peace with the Indians will be stable without the posts, to them I will urge another reply. From arguments calculated to produce conviction, I will appeal directly to the hearts of those who hear me, and ask whether it is not already planted there? I resort especially to the convictions of the western gentlemen, whether, supposing no posts and no treaty, the settlers will remain in security? Can they take it upon them to say, that an Indian peace, under these circumstances, will prove firm?
No, sir, it will not be peace, but a sword; it will be no better than a lure to draw victims within the reach of the tomahawk.
On this theme my emotions are unutterable. If I could find words for them, if my powers bore any proportion to my, zeal, I would swell my voice to such a note of remonstrance, it should reach every log house beyond the mountains.
I would say to the inhabitants, wake from your false security: your cruel dangers, your more cruel apprehensions, are soon to be renewed; the wounds, yet unhealed, are to be torn open again: in the day time, your path through the woods will be ambushed; the darkness of midnight will glitter with the blaze of your dwellings. You are a father -- the blood of your sons shall fatten your corn field; you are a motherthe war whoop shall wake the sleep of the cradle.
On this subject you need not suspect any deception on your feelings : it is a spectacle of horror, which cannot be overdrawn. If you have nature in your hearts, they will speak a language, compared with which all I have said, or can say, will be poor and frigid.