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There's a midnight blackness changing
Into gray ;
Clear the way.
Aid the dawning, tongue and pen ;
Clear the way.
The age of Chivalry has gone. An age of Humanity has come.
The Horse, whose importance more than human, gave the name to that early period of gallantry and war, now yields his foremost place to Man. In serving him, in promoting his elevation, in contributing to his welfare, in doing him good, there are fields of bloodless triumph, nobler far than any in which Bayard or Du Guesclin ever conquered. Here are spaces of labor, wide as the world, lofty as heaven. Let me say, then, in the benison once bestowed upon the youthful knight, - Scholars ! jurists! artists! philanthropists ! heroes of a Christian age, companions of a celestial knighthood, “Go forth, be brave, loyal, and successful!"
And may it be our office to-day to light a fresh beacon-fire on the venerable walls of Harvard, sacred to Truth, to Christ, and the Church,* — to Truth Immortal, to Christ the Comforter, to the Holy Church Universal. Let the flame spread from steeple to stee
* The legend on the early seal of Harvard University was Veritas. The present legend is Christo et Ecclesiæ.
ple, from hill to hill, from island to island, from continent to continent, till the long lineage of fires shall illumine all the nations of the earth; animating them to the holy contests of KNOWLEDGE, JUSTICE, BEAUTY, Love.
WHITE SLAVERY IN THE BARBARY STATES. A LECTURE BEFORE THE BOSTON MERCANTILE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, FEBRUARY 17, 1847.
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