Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Thaddeus Stevens: Delivered in the House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., December 17, 1868

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1869 - 84 pages

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Page 69 - ABOU BEN ADHEM (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich and like a lily in bloom, An angel writing in a book of gold: Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the presence in the room he said, "What writest thou?" The vision raised its head, And, with a look made of all sweet accord, Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord.
Page 70 - The next night It came again, with a great wakening light, And show'd the names whom love of God had bless'd, And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.
Page 45 - But to us comes no cheering, To Duncan no morrow ! The hand of the reaper Takes the ears that are hoary, But the voice of the weeper Wails manhood in glory. The autumn winds rushing Waft the leaves that are searest, But our flower was in flushing, When blighting was nearest. Fleet foot on the correi...
Page 14 - And be it resolved, That the governor be requested to transmit a copy of these resolutions to the President of the United States, to Louis Kossuth; and to each of our senators and representatives in Congress.
Page 41 - Here lies one who never rose to any eminence, and who only courted the low ambition to have it said that he had striven to ameliorate the condition of the poor, the lowly, the downtrodden of every race and language and color.
Page 71 - It was largely based on an earlier extracanonical and apocalyptic literature of the 2d and 1st centuries в. с., which in turn appears to have been heavily influenced by Babylonian, Chaldean, and Persian sources. The Zoroastrians of Persia held a dualistic conception of the world as a struggle between the powers of light and the powers of darkness, with neither having supremacy. This Zoroastrian doctrine later became the basis for the Manichaean sect in early Christian times. The figure of the Devil...
Page 9 - Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the family of the deceased by the Clerk.
Page 9 - I repose in this quiet and secluded spot, not from any natural preference for solitude, but, finding other cemeteries limited as to race by charter rules, I have chosen this, that I might illustrate in my death the principles which I advocated through a long life, Equality of Man before his Creator.
Page 73 - the final influence of his great talents ;" but he "knew much of him as a lawyer," and when, after his death, the memorial addresses in the House were made, Judge Woodward said of him : "As a lawyer Mr. Stevens was bold, honorable, and candid, clear in statement, brief in argument, and always deferential to the Bench. He was not copious in his citation of adjudged cases. I think he relied more upon the reasons, than upon the authorities of the law. Indeed, his tastes inclined him rather to the study...
Page 9 - That as a testimony of respect to his memory the officers and members of this House will wear the usual badge of mourning for the space of thirty days.

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