An Address Delivered Before the Association of the Alumni of Harvard College, July 20, 1854

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J. Bartlett, 1854 - 39 pages
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Page 20 - It seems to me a singular oversight, that the framers of the Constitution of the United States should have omitted from their view the intellectual necessities of a great nation. Washington, in his Farewell Address, says: " Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious Principles.
Page 35 - dramatic poet fought for his country's freedom in that brave muster. As we gaze over the blue waters of Salamis, we think not only of the clash of triremes, the shout of the onset, the
Page 35 - guide of the conqueror. At the present moment, the intellectual dominion of Greece — or rather of Athens, the school of Greece — is more absolute than ever. Her Plato is still the unsurpassed teacher of moral wisdom; her Aristotle has not
Page 34 - and Roman history. During the long existence of the Athenian Republic, amidst the interruptions of foreign and domestic wars, — her territory overrun by Hellenic and Barbarian armies,
Page 34 - vultus, Orabunt causas melius, ccelique meatus Describent radio et surgentia sidera dicent; Tu regere imperio
Page 35 - down the proud, and laid her laws upon the prostrate nations. Greece fell before the universal victor, but she still asserted her intellectual supremacy, and, as even the Roman poet confessed, the conquered became the teacher and guide of the conqueror. At the
Page 34 - mathematics, theoretically and practically, and clothed the moral and metaphysical sciences in the brief sententious wisdom of the myriad-minded Aristotle, and the honeyed eloquence of Plato.
Page 14 - Alike they scorn the pomp of tyrant power, And coward vice that revels in her chains." The natural affinities of science, letters, and art are with honor, virtue, and liberty, and he is no friend of popular rights and republican government who refuses to encourage the higher cultivation of the intellect, exercised on its appropriate objects, among the citizens of a free country. The Almighty has inspired man with understanding, which can never rest content with outward prosperity and the joys of...
Page 19 - impart , •The smiles of nature, and the charms of art, While proud oppression in her valleys reigns, And tyranny usurps her happy plains ? The poor inhabitant beholds in vain The reddening orange and the swelling grain ; Joyless he sees the growing oils and wines, And in the myrtle's fragrant shade repines ; Starves in the midst of nature's bounty curst, And in the loaded vineyard dies for thirst." Is this then the lame and impotent conclusion to which science and art and Christianity — to which...
Page 7 - scientific progress and the refinements of art. These scenes — so dear to our youth — have lost no charm even to those of us, in whose sight the realm of youth has faded into a distant Elysian field. We, too, may exclaim with the poet:— " I feel the gales that from ye blow A momentary bliss bestow, As, waving fresh their gladsome wing, My weary soul they seem to soothe, And, redolent of joy and youth, To breathe a second Spring." But human, life, in its most 'favored forms, is a mingled story...

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