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The father, with hands wet with a son's blood, is thus address-
The conqueror that survives
reap the harvest of his bloody labor ;
Act II. Sc. 1.
The soul revolts from such a triumph ; but how does this differ from the triumphs of war? Surely the Christian morality of our age must confess that it is equally wrong to commemorate, by thanksgiving or holiday, any bloody success, even in a just contest, over our brother-man.
THE LAW OF HUMAN PROGRESS. AN ORATION BEFORE THE PHI BETA KAPPA SOCIETY OF UNION COLLEGE, SCHENECTADY, JULY 25, 1848.
Secta fuit servare modum, finemque tenere,
THE LAW OF HUMAN PROGRESS.
From opposite parts of the country, from various schools of sentiment, we have come together at this happy anniversary, to interchange salutations, to mingle in friendly communion, and to listen to such words of cheer as the occasion shall convey. Here are the young, with the freshest laurel of Alma Mater, with joy brightening and hope elevating the countenance ; still unconscious of the toils which enter into the duties of the world. Here are they, too, of middle life, on whose weary foreheads the sun now pours his meridian rays, - resting for a moment in these pleasant retreats to renew their strength. And here, also, are the fathers, crowned with length of days, and rich with the fruits of ripened wisdom, removed at last from active struggles, and dwelling much in meditation upon the Past. The Future, the Present, and the Past, all find their representatives in our Fraternity.
I speak of our Fraternity ; for though a stranger among you, yet as a member of this society in a sister University, and as a student of letters in moments