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17th of June Ameri American Revolution amidst arts battle of Bunker behold blessing blood Boston BUNKER HILL MONUMENT cause century character Christian civil liberty colonies colonists commemorate commerce condition continent CORNER STONE coun DANIEL WEBSTER earth England English enjoy equal established Europe excited existence eyes feeling fire and sword forever fortunes fought free government gratitude happiness heart heaven hemisphere honor hopes House of Burgesses human improvement independence influence institutions interest Jared Sparks JUNE 17 knowledge labor land Lexington live look mankind Massachusetts ment military moral nations North America Numbers object occasion outlived patriotism peace political popular govern Port of Boston Prescott present principles progress prosperity purpose religion religious liberty respect Revolutionary rise sentiments settlements society soil South America Spain Spanish spirit stand summit tion valor Virginia Warren Washington whole wish yonder
Page 59 - We wish that this column, rising towards heaven among the pointed spires of so many temples dedicated to God, may contribute also to produce, in all minds, a pious feeling of dependence and gratitude. We wish, finally, that the last object...
Page 63 - Blandishments," said that distinguished son of genius and patriotism, "will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a halter intimidate; for, under God, we are determined that, wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men.
Page 66 - The great wheel of political revolution began to move in America. Here its rotation was guarded, regular, and safe. Transferred to the other continent, from unfortunate but natural causes, it received an irregular and violent impulse ; it whirled along with a fearful celerity ; till at length, like the chariot- wheels in the races of antiquity, it took fire from the rapidity of its own motion, and blazed onward, spreading conflagration and terror around.
Page 63 - War, on their own soil and at their own doors, was, indeed, a strange work to the yeomanry of New England. But their consciences were convinced of its necessity, their country called them to it, and they did not withhold themselves from the perilous trial. The ordinary occupations of life were abandoned. The...
Page 58 - ... us, therefore, than for others, to contemplate with unaffected minds that interesting, I may say that most touching and pathetic scene, when the great discoverer of America stood on the deck of his shattered bark, the shades of night falling on the sea, yet no man sleeping ; tossed...
Page 62 - Colonies would be terrified by the severity of the punishment inflicted on Massachusetts, the other seaports would be governed by a mere spirit of gain; and that, as Boston was now cut off from all commerce, the unexpected advantage which this blow on her was calculated to confer on other towns would be greedily enjoyed. How miserably such reasoners deceived themselves!
Page 59 - We know, that no inscription on entablatures less broad than the earth itself, can carry information of the events we commemorate, where it has not already gone; and that no structure, which shall not outlive the duration of letters and knowledge among men, can prolong the memorial.
Page 65 - You now behold the field, the renown of which reached you in the heart of France, and caused a thrill in your ardent bosom. You see the lines of the little redoubt thrown up by the incredible diligence of Prescott ; defended, to the last extremity, by his lionhearted valor; and within which the corner-stone of our monument has now taken its position.