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OF AMERICA : A VOICE FROM THE CROWD. God wills, and darkly works his will,
His wisdom's hidden from our eyes ; CHARLES MACKAY,
Yet my faith rests upon him still,
To judge and scourge he will arise.
Seems to be conquered ; - watch and wait ;
Though dear they are to some, you say ; Truth's triumph cometh soon or late. A trick of speech I've somehow caught
Therefore success I seem to see From Wilberforce's - Clarkson's graves ; Makes me not in the evil trust, I can't hate freedom as I ought ;
Nor seems its triumphs sure to me, Or love your barterers of slaves :
Rather its failure. God is just. In fact, if I the truth must tell,
W. C. BENNETT. I think your Jackson and his crew
London Star. Accurst of God, are fit for hell,
Though they may fight, and conquer too. Time was when nobly England rose,
For the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Class of
Williams College which was graduated in 1813.
BY WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT.
Long since a gallant, youthful company
Went from these learned shades. The hand of
Hath scored upon the perishing works of man
Forth to the world they went in hope, but some
Fell at the threshold, some in mid-career
brows, My curse will through my clenched teeth slip,
A living register of change, are here, I'd brand your heroes all as Cains,
And from the spot where once they conned the For cotton, and through envy, sell
words Your nobler notions if you can ;
Written by sages of the elder time I will not, and I hold it well,
Look back on fifty years. Large space are they I loathe these men who deal in man,
Of man's brief life, those fifty years ; they join Scoff, sneer, or jest ; let him who likes,
Its ruddy morning to the paler light Prate of their courage and their worth,
Of its declining hours. In fifty years
As many generations of earth's flowers
As many harvests have, in turn, made green
The hills, and ripened into gold, and fallen
Though worldly-wise ones call me fool. Moss-grown, the centre of a mighty shade.
Renewed their herds and flocks, and from the Than Poland's Bashkirs — nay, don't frown,
stalls I do not love your Jacksons more.
New races of the generous steed have neighed No, cavaliers that women sell,
Or pranced in the smooth roads. In fifty years To their great nobleness I'm blind :
Ancestral crowns have fallen from kingly brows Heroes who cash their children-well,
For clownish heels to crush ; new dynasties They're not exactly to my mind.
Have climbed to empire, and new commonwealths
Have formed and fallen again to wreck, liks clouds One’s flesh and blood, you know, are bere, Which the wind tears and scatters. Mighty names Dear to one, not as current gold ;
Have blazed upon the world and passed away,
Their lustre lessening, like the faded train
Have given the mariner to outstrip the wind
With engines churning the black deep to foam,
And tamed the nimble lightnings, sending them
To limn for man upon the snowy sheet
Whate’er he shines upon, and taught the art Rather a thousand times I'd be,
To vex the pale dull clay beneath our feet Than a girl-selling cavalier.
With chemic tortures, till the sullen mass
Flows in bright torrents from the furnace-mouth, Hath wrought the quick and changeful light A shining metal, to be clay no more.
That flitted o’er thy waking face : Oh, were our growth in goodness like our growth
It is not smiling, it is Peace. In art, the thousand years of innocence
All lovely things are thine at will; And peace, foretold by ancient prophecy,
Thy soul hath won a sweet release Were here already, and the reign of Sin
From Earth ; yet kept its gladness still? Were ended o’er the earth on which we dwell. In fifty years, the little commonwealth,
For Sleep, a partial nurse, though kind Our league of States, that, in its early day,
To all her children, yet hath pressed Skirted the long Atlantic coast, has grown
Some to her heart more close — we find
She ever loves the youngest best ;
And fever pangs to hush to rest ;
They need no soothing! She but takes Great ’mid the greatest of the Powers of Earth, Them in her arms, and they are blessed ! And they who sat upon Earth's ancient thrones Beheld its growth in wonder and in awe.
The double portion there is given ; In fifty years, a deadlier foe than they
She binds two worlds within her chain ; The Wrong that scoffs at human brotherhood
And now, by golden light of heaven,
Thou livest o’er the day again :
My touch must bid those bright links start The death-gripe, and o’erturn the glorious realm
And fly asunder ; yet for thee Her children founded here. Fierce is the strife
I may not mourn — not far apart
Thy dream and thy reality !
The sweet light startle into morn,
And see upon thy cheek arise
The flushing of a rosy dawn:
The sunshine vainly round thee streams,
And I must rouse thee with a kiss Beneath the reign of a new peace, behold
Oh! may Life never break thy dreams
With harsher summoning than this !
Good Words. And the great crime of which our strife was born Perish with its accursed progeny.
No. 1005.-5 September, 1863.
PAGE 1. Marriages of Consanguinity,
435 2. The Doctors of Molière’s Day,
Brit. and For. Med.-Chir. Rev., 448 3. Life and Letters of Washington Irving,
457 4. The Opportunity of the North,
474 5. Thomas Carlyle and the Slaves,
476 6. The Federal Public Debt,
477 7. Apparent Size of the Celestial Bodies,
478 8. Habits of the Mole, .
POETRY.—Lenox, 434. The Little People, 434. Gortschakoff to Great Britain, 473.
SHORT ARTICLES.-La Vie de Cesar, 447. Iliad in Nuce, by T. Carlyle, 447. German Translations of Kingsley's Poems, 456, The Pope and Dr. Liszt, 480. The National Museum at Naples, 480. Programme of the International Statistical Congress, 480.
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From The Westminster Review. opinion, a moral theory, a social predilection, MARRIAGES OF CONSANGUINITY. a fact in his own family or personal history, 1. On Marriages of Consanguinity. Dr. Be- any or all of these may, consciously or uncon
miss. Journal of Psychological Medi- sciously, so modify his view of what ought to cine for April, 1857.
be a mere question of fact, as to render him a 2. Hygiene de Famille. Dr. Devay. Second totally unsafe guide in any subject-matter Edition.
which he has undertaken to examine and ex3. Comptes Rendus, 1852–3, passim. Papers
by MM. Boudin, Sanson, Beaudouin, plain. The history of the scientific question Gourdon, etc.
forming the subject of this article will be 4. On Marriages of Consanguinity. Dr. Child, found to illustrate these remarks even better
in Medico-Chir. Review, April, 1862; than most others.
and Medical Times, April 25th, 1863. That there has existed, at least in all mod5. On the Fertilization of Orchids. Mr. Dar-ern times, what is called a “ feeling ” against win. London. 1862.
the intermarriage of blood relations, is a fact If we had to point out the tendency or that cannot be denied, but of which the scienhabit of mind which, more than any other, tific value cannot be rated very high. Before has served, in modern times, to hinder the we admit the existence of such a feeling as progress of real knowledge, we should fix even primâ facie evidence, we should rememupon that which impels not a few really able ber how often such have been found to rest and competent persons, when undertaking an either upon no ground at all, or upon an eninvestigation, first of all to adopt a theory, tirely mistaken one. The biting cold of the and then to look at the facts which nature winter months in England used to be called propresents to them by its light exclusively. verbially“ fine, seasonable, healthy weather," Such
persons do not take up a hypothesis for until the Registrar-General's statistics had its legitimate use, as a guide in experimenta- proved to the apprehension almost of the dulltion, as any one pursuing an investigation in est, that mortality in our climate rises pari the science of light would in these days start passu with the fall of the thermometer. In upon the undulatory theory, but adopt it with this case, doubtless the popular delusion took a confidence in its absolute truth which renders its rise from the sense of exhilaration and them utterly blind to all facts which cannot buoyancy felt by healthy, strong, and youthbe reconciled with it, and by consequence ex- ful persons on a bright frosty day, as comaggerates out of all due proportion the impor- pared with the dulness and languor experitance of those which really make in its favor. enced on a damp and warm one; but it entirely Of the many inconveniences attendant upon left out of the account the less obvious but the state of mind of which we speak, one of more really potent influence of cold upon the the gravest and quite the most paradoxacal is old, the feeble, and the ill-provided. In the to be found in the fact that its mischievous case before us, the following has been sugresults always bear a direct ratio to the ability gested by Dr. Child as the not improbable and industry of the person whom it affects. history of the prevailing opinion * A man of real power who sets out upon a
" It should be remembered that all such research into a complicated subject under such conditions as we have indicated, is sure to marriages as those under discussion, were and
are strictly prohibited in the Church of Rome. make out a good case in favor of his own pre- This prohibition was first removed in England conceived view, and by so doing he will mis- by the Marriage Act of 1540, in the reign of lead others and hinder the advance of knowl- Henry VIII: "It is natural, therefore, that edge in a degree exactly proportioned to his many people at the time should have looked own ability and reputation. Instances of the upon this removal of restrictions as a somekind to which we refer will occur to any
what questionable concession to buman weakreader familiar with the history of almost ness, and upon the marriages made in conseany scientific question. But there is one fea- in themselves unobjectionable ; just as, should
quence of it, as merely not illegal, rather than ture in such cases which is especially worthy the Marriage Law Amendment Bill pass into of remark; it is, that a man's preconceived law, their can be no doubt that many would notions upon any subject may take their rise now look upon marriage with a sister-in-law from something quite distinct from, and as a very questionable proceeding in a social external to, the subject itself; a religious *“Med. Chir. Review.” Vol. xxix. p. 469.