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Qul non rrnflclt, Deficit.
For tho Stuuknt.
Sny friend! do you know where is aught or per
fection 'Mid the gardens of earth or her billowy strand?
Pray tull, if there's aught thai knows no defec
tion; In vain havo I sought it o'er sea and o'er land.
O Nature! is there, in thy beauty supremo
Not one perfect flower; no roho without thorn,
Whoso beauty no'or fu'lef "Uo tho lines of a dream,
Nor whose freshness departs with the dew of the
O Sun ! haH never tho light of thine eye,
lu its search throughout tho vast concourse of
Found wunc perfect haven, where never a sigh
Hreathes a tale of regret where pain ne'er dis
turbs! E'en thy rays, as they dart through infinite space,
Are not perfect, but broken by stray worms
Though they klndlo a smile in Diaii's fair face,
And with gold tint the clouds: they shadow ilio
Tho roses may bloom, but their beauty must fado;
And the proud forest king Ills leaves mut let
Tho zephyr one moment with sweetness is lade,
Hut anon with tho carrion's breath profanes all.
Then is there no spot where beauty ne'er fades,
Where clouds never darken, and shadows ne'er
And lifo ne'er a wearisome burden is made?
Pray tell! for there would 1 make me n home.
And where is tho joy 6o perfect and pure
That it brings not one moment of sadness?
Or who has known sorrow so deep and endure
That it left not some moment of gladness?
O searcher for happiness, lover of truth!
Seek not for such goal in this life,
For In thy soul's darkness, unbrightcned by youth
Thou shalt.find thyself with thee at strife.
OUR NATIONAL TENDENCIES.
An oration delivered in the Opera House,
June 26, 1877.
Every American feels more secure when
lie reflects that one hundred years have
passed away since we took a position
among the independent nations. To
Americans it is a just cause of congratu
lation that our example, as a self-governing
people, is exerting a vast influence on
the civilized world. The commons of all
Europe arc watching with intense interest
our every movement The critical eye of
the world is upon us. We arc as yet but
an experiment. Centuries arc hut days in
the life of a nation. Shall wc succeed, is
the one great question with every true
If, as centuries roll on, we continue true
to the principles of our organization, if
we preserve inviolate those rights we pro
fess, then all Europe must follow in our
wake, If on the other hand we fail, if wo
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