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Jous hearts, and bring them to conviction, and a sincere, devout repentance. Whenever
you wish to disbelieve, recollect instantaneously that the greatest and best of men supported that very cause from which you are drawing your fidelity and allegiance, and it will shew
What signifies all the pleasures and amusements that the voracious man can possess, and what do they avail him, unaccompanied with this the mother of all virtues ? It is all vanity, when weighed in the balance of the discerning mind, and honor without it is but a name. In his domestic retirement, all the qualifications of the husband, endeared him to his amiable, but now widowed, aged consort. All the affections of his bosoni were occupied by his country and surrounding relatives.—The benevolent and humane disposition of his heart were extended to his domestics, and nothing was left undone to ameliorate their condition. Complacent and agreeable to his neighbors ; in company dignified, polished, jocose and familiar; where merit claimed he knew no distinction, and to all alike was sociable. The economical, industrious fara mer-the punctual, the honest dealer, the charitable, just, hu.
Ye affe&tionate matrons, teach your little babes to lisp the name of Washington, and listen to the melodious accents com, ing from their angel tongues. Ye fair of our country, chaunt hymns and anthems to the memory of himn who protected you from the poignant of an assassin foe, when resting in the bosoms of your worthy and respected mothers. Ye fathers, ye youth, that are now present, view in him the great example, the great pattern of human nature, from which you all can borrow, and safely copy. When you wish your children or young relatives to approximate to perfection, set hiin before them, paint his vir. tues and unexampled character in the most glowing colours ; tell them of his greatness, the esteem and love his country bore him, and thence raise in their panting breasts the generous purpose of emulation. Set yourselves the precedent, and precept combined with it will have the desired effect. In this manner you can immortalize, and rescue him from that oblivion so com. mon to the grave. America! thy sun of glory has set fore. ver, below the gloomy horizon of life! The fairest Aower in
thy garden is withered, by the cold, contracting frost of time! The most brilliant gem has fallen from thy crown! Thy firstborn is no more! his eyes are closed in everlasting sleep-he has ceased to sorrow-his days were days of trouble-he rest
th from his labors - his soul is in the world of departed spirits of heroes, and among his fathers-his body is with us, a testimony of his absence his actions are on record, to ornament the historic page of our country, and as an example for rising generations,
When common characters slide from the stage of life, those with whom they are connected cannot but feel emotions of regret,
pour forth nature's tears, as expressive of their grief? and sense of loss. Then must we be less sensible ? Must we not sympathize with our brethren, and fellow-citizens at large, when so great
personage, connected to us by so many ties, kas ceased to act any longer his illustrious part in the drama of life ? Yes, we must weep, we must mourn, we must condole with his family, and much lamented, aged relic. It is manly, and shews the man, the noble heart of sensibility. Invisibly and insensibly he points himself out as adequate to the performance of the most feeling tasks of private and public society. You that are present, and have been witnesses to his exploits in the field, transactions in the cabinet, and benevolent acts towards the destitute widows and orphans of our departed bro. thers, must justify my assertion.
BROTHERS ! he is gone-he has left us in the lodge prepared for us he has given us his blessing-he has enjoined us to practise the duties of our association, to continue united, and as one upon all occasions to act. He remembered the grand road of harmony in which he often walked with us, the line of behavior he himself pursued, the happiness arising therefrom, and therefore would be more ardent in his direction for our so doing. Methinks I hear him from the bed of languishing, address his country—Peace, union and prosperity attend you ; suppress division, cherish harmony, friendship, and watch your rights and liberties with an eagle eye ; be not too suspicious of each other, and let the welfare of your country be your pria
mary obje&t; guard against foreign influence, and in your dis-
will arrive at power, greatness and respectability. Methinks I now hear him, speaking with all the tenderness of paternal affection to his surrounding family, assembled to witness the most solemn, distressing and mournful of all scenes. I hear those wholesome words of instruction, given to them, from the mouth of the dying sage-Fear your God, love your country, honour your pa
you will live long and be happy. I see him extending his aged hand, to take the last long adieu of his dear companion. For her he almost wishes to live. He checks the thought, looks up to heaven, and says, “ Father, thy will, and not mine, be done.” I see that heroic fire which animated his eye, dwindling away, like a dying lamp--the glow of colour, of which age has not yet deprived his furrowed, manly cheek, fad. ing gradually away. Alas! I see him firm and unshaken, undaunted at the terrific form of death, expire. I see his venerable corse, speaking the greatness of his just now departed spi. rit. I see his pure, unspotted soul, mounting on seraphic wings, ascend to its place of rest. I see myriads of angels, conducting him through vaulted skies, and welcoming the celestial stranger. I see the gates of heaven unfolding to his sight the most magnificent of all scenes, everlasting happiness, and an eternal blaze of bliss. I see him enter with that humility which accompanied him through life. I hear songs of praise, exulting of cherubim and hallelujahs to the great king of heaven.
We have indeed lost a brother ; our association has been vi. sited by death, the grand tyler of that lodge in realmas of bliss. He has summoned our brother masonry's favorite to its grand tribunal, to give an account of his workmanship and labors, and receive the glorious plaudit-" Well done, good and faithful servant."
HENCE this melancholy that pervades every countenance. Hence these gloomy badges of death. Let us cease to mourn ; let our tears of sorrow become those of joy ; let the bright beams of gladness enliven every face, and gratitude to Him who
sits above, swell our bosoms. Venerable shade ! peace attend thy silent mansion in the tomb : and wretched let him be, who, with unhallowed hands, disturbs thy sacred rest. Nature herself shall end, but for thee there is no possible bound. You shall behold the dropping of the great curtain of time, and be present when nature shall groan through all her works.
6 Look forward,” brothers, fellow-mortals, “ dart an eye beyond the present; explore the future and the unknown.”_" Let neither the changes of time, nor the vicissitudes of fortune, limit your enlarged view.” “ In fond anticipation range the unbounded universe." Visit the seats of bliss. « Bathe in the sea of divine love, and reflect in celestial splendor the honors of the one Supreme." You shall be present with our departed brother, in that blessed lodge where all lodges are congregated, and with him behold the grandest and most terrible of scenes. The works of man you shall see then in their own insignificance. Creation shall shudder through all her powers,
strong convulsions disjoint her frame.” High and unmoved ye shall see far beneath the livid flash of forked lightning, and hear the awful thunder's repercursive roar, loud bellowing through the affrighted deep. “When new worlds in order and beauty ascend from the confusion, ye shall join the melodious choir of all the children of light,” and shout for joy. To restored nature brighter suns shall roll in yonder firmament" sweeter harınony warble among the spheres, while the intelligent creatures of God shall muse in expressive silence on their unbounded bliss.” Assured of this, let then.“ the earth dissolve, let yonder sun be struck from its centre," and wheel in disorder through infinite space.com's let the stars and planets, rushing from their orbits, clash in horrid contention,”-your immortal souls shall ascend in safety to that grand lodge above.
Now may that being, who gave him to us, to answer his own purposes, and who in his infinite wisdom has taken him to his fatherly bosom, long continue to protect and prosper our useful associations, and be a father to our fatherless, orphan country:
Funeral oration on the deatb of brother GEORGE WASHINGTON.
Prepared at the request of the masonic lodge, No. 14, of Wil. mington, state of Delaware, and delivered on St. John tbe Evangelist's day, being tbe 27th of December, anno lucis 5799. By GUNNING BEDFORD, A. M.
My friends and fellow-citizens, TALLED upon by a respectable society, with whom I am
connected by the ties of friendship and brotherly love, to aid them in paying funeral honors to their grand master, and the most illustrious of men, I felt all that diffidence arising from a want of abilities to do justice to so important a subject, and from the shortness of time allowed for preparation.
But knowing that every one could make the same excuse, though with less justice than myself; and an affectionate society and grateful people, requiring some immediate testimony of respect to be paid to the memory of the beloved Washington, I have ventured with ynfeigned hesitation upon the difficult task.
your candor I submit myself; and in the motives which have brought me here, I trust in your generous bosoms I can read an apology, for every defect which may appear in that oration I shall now deliver.
Upon an occasion the most solemn ever witnessed by America, listen to the voice of eternal truth" It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to the house of feasting ;'for none of us “ liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.” *
But there are some men, illuminated with a purer ray of divinity-patriots of the first magnitude, who in a peculiar sense may be said to live and die, not to themselves, but to others, Endowed with that superior excellence, which does honor to our whole species, the virtuous of every nation claim kindred with
* The exordium is principally taken from Dr. Smitb's oration to the memory of Gen. Montgomery and others.