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Has changed his slow scythe for the two-edged sword,
Lioni. Wherefore not?
Bert. Do not seek its meaning, But do as I implore thee; stir not forth, Whate'er be stirring; though the roar of crowds The cry of women, and the shrieks of babes The groans of
the clash of arms the sound Of rolling drum, shrill trump, and hollow bell, Peal in one wide alărum ! Go not forth Until the tocsin's silent, nor even then Till I return!
Lioni. Again, what does this mean?
Bert. Again I tell thee, ask not; but by all Thou holdest dear on earth, in heaven, — by all The souls of thy great fathers, and thy hope To emulate them, and to leave behind Descendants worthy both of them and thee, By all thou hast of blest in hope or memory, By all thou hast to fear here or hereafter, By all the good deeds thou hast done to me, Good I would now repay with greater good, Remain within ; trust to thy household gods, And to my word for safety, if thou dost As now I counsel, - but if not, thou art lost!
Lioni. I am, indeed, already lost in wonder;
Bert. I cannot answer this.
Lioni. I was not born to shrink from idle threats,
Bert. Say not so;
Lioni. I am. Nor is there aught which shall impede me!
Lioni. Stay, — there is more in this than my own safety, Which makes me call thee back; we must not part thus: Bertram, I have known thee long.
Bert. From childhood, sir,
Lioni. Bertram, 't is thou who hast forgotten them.
Bert. Nor now, nor ever; whatsoe'er betide,
devoted to the state,
you forsook me not; and if my fortunes
Lioni. Why, what hast thou to say against the Senate?
Lioni. I know that there are angry spirits
I have lost sight of thee, but thou wert wont
Bert. Rather shame and sorrow light
Li. Some villains have been tampering with thee, Bertram ;
Bert. Nay, question me no further; - minutes fly,
Bert. A league is still a compact, and more binding
Lioni. And who will strike the steel to mine?
Bert. Not I;
Nay, more, the life of lives, the liberty
forth. Bert. Then perish Venice rather than my friend ! I will disclose ensnare betray destroy O, what a villain I become for thee !
Lioni. Say, rather thy friend's savior and the state's !
Bert. I have thought again : it must not be - I love thee
THE UNITY OF THE REPUBLIC.
FROM THE FRENCH OF LABOULAYE.
In HISTORY, MILITARY, TERRITORY, heed remarks, § 29; in DURABLE, DURING, GLORIOUS, VICTORIOUS, heed § 11 and § 28; AMOUNT, COUNT, FOUND, § 27; MONTHS, § 19.
See in Index, COMBAT, COUNSELING or COUNSELLING, CRIMEAN, EUROPEAN, FRONTIER, HUMOR, OBLIGED, RUSSIA, LABOULAYE.
Delivery. The style of this piece being calmly argumentative, it should be read with judicial deliberation, in a middle pitch, with pure tone, moderate time and force, and a frequent use of the falling slide. See $$ 48, 49.
1. THE United States is a republic. It is the freest government and at the same time the mildest and happiest that the earth has ever seen.
On what depends this prosperity of the Americans? It is that they are alone upon an immense territory; they have never been
obliged to concen'trate power and weaken liberty in order to resist the ambition and the jealousy of their neighbors.
2. The United States had no large permanent army, no military marine; the immense sums that Europeans spend to keep off or to sustain war, the Americans employed in opening schools and giving to all citizens, poor or well off, that education and instruction which make the moral greatness and true riches of a people. Their foreign policy was contained in a single maxim: “ Never to mix in the quarrels of Europe, on the single condition that Europe should not mingle in their affairs and should respect the freedom of the sea.”
3. Thanks to these wise principles, which Washing, ton had bequeathed to them in his immortal testament, the United States have enjoyed, during eighty years, a peace which has been only once disturbed, - in 1812, when they were compelled to resist England, in support of the rights of neutrals. It is by thousands of millions that we must count the sums that during seventy years we of France have employed in maintaining our liberty or our preponderance in Europe; such millions the United States have employed in social improvements of every kind. Here is the secret of their prodigious success; their isolation has made their prosperity.
4. Suppose now that a separation should be made, and that the new Confederation should embrace all the Slave States; the North would lose in a day its power and its institutions. The republic would be struck to the heart. There would be in America two nations face to face; two people, rivals, and always upon the eve of combat. Peace, in fact, would not destroy enmities; the remembrances of past grandeur, of the destroyed Union, would not be effaced; the victorious South would certainly be no less the friend of slavery, no less a lover of domination. The enemies of slavery, masters of their own policy, would not certainly be quieted by the separation.