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the spacious domes of lofty cathedrals; the measured toll of funeral bells resounding from the spires of every consecrated fane throughout the length and breadth of the land, were mingling in one universal knell--one solemn dirge over the christian patriot. In view of all which then occurred, and of all which is now passing before us, how forcibly are we reminded of those ebullitions of popular grief which we are, told by Tacitus were exhibited in Rome upon the announcement of the tidings from Syria, of the death of Germanicus: Ut, ante edictum magistratuum, ante Senatus-consultum, sumpto justitio, desererentur fora, clauderentur domus: Passim silentia et gemitus; nihil compositum in ostentationem; et quamquam neque insignibus bus lugentium abstinerent, altius animis moerebant.*

Death has indeed most signally exerted its customary effect upon the public estimate of the character and services of our departed Statesman. It has augmented the veneration for his memory, in proportion as it has been instrumental in diminishing political asperity and prejudice, and in silencing the senseless clamors of party malice. His great name and illustrious services are upon all tongues. Friend and foe are united in rendering homage to the fame of the noblest of our country's benefactors. All, all now remember the Statesman who stood by his country in the hour of her thickest gloom; whose moral courage and resolution, sustained by his lofty eloquence, had rendered him equal to every occasion--whether an effort was demanded in support of a great measure of public policy, or in vindication of the rights of our Republic against the world. They remember the Patriot, whose great soul at all times and in every emergency embraced his whole country,; whose last act was the noblest evidence of his undying attachment to that Union, to whose best interests, to whose permanent preservation his whole life was steadily and ardently devoted. They remember the MAN, whose name

"No act of base dishonor ever blurred;"

the man who walked untouched and triumphant through the fiery furnace seven times-heated, of detraction and persecution; the man,

*Annals b. 2d.


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