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LINCOLN, - - - NKHKASKA. ;
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in tho Hotel. Rhounia
tism cured by Turkish
On thu gr.inil Piii'lflc liuro,
Ncur ocean's gates of gold,
Wrapped in u mantle of r.lny.
Sleeping the yearn uwtiy,
Sleeps our liruvu Collier to-day
Itrnvu: Tor he dnrod to do right.
ms canoi' :
Kmth's robe or living green,
Sun, moon mid stars on high.
Winpped in nmntlu of elny.
Sleeping the years away,
Sleeps our yroat teacher to-day
0 runt: for he luaretl to do wrong.
The niuaie of the wau.
The songs ol birds oVr-hund.
Wnipped lu niantlii of clay.
Sleeping thu years away,
Sloupi our good brothur to day
Good; for he dared to hu truu.
ms destiny :
A- ships go through those gates of guld,
To sail o'er the boundless sea,
So went his oul tliroitli tho gates of death.
To grow through eturnlty.
Wrapped in a mantle of clay.
Sleeping the yours away
lint his hijhI has readudjjie duy,, - .
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1X1) I VI 1)U A I. Oil A It. 1 C'lElt.
pOETKY is truth. Theoretically it
p has lo do only with high aspirations,
only with great and noble thoughts. The
mind recognizes a higher and nobler
state of existence, a state mores in har
mony with moral laws than the one it
actually loads. Poetry holds up the
claims of this real world, this more spirit
itiiul slate inspiring man with the desire
ofittaining it. The poet therefore is a
man of high moral sense; tolerant, sym
pathizing, broad in his views of human
nature, intensely in love with humanity.
In-short lie is a man of character. In
him that exalted exquisite, something wc
call character is indeed a "thing of
beauty." In his moral structure honesty
and integrity are fundamental elements.
It lias lieon said of the poet, and by poet
is mount also tin. writer of fiction for fic
tion is a kind of poetry, that when he
paints virtue he must ennoble il; when
he dcalb Willi vice he must make it more
odious and hateful and detested. Ay,
this is the touchstone by which all liter
ature, all art, all education, all action, all
character-forming influences must he
tried Individuals arc the nation. What
ever tendij, therelbrc, lo develop individ
ual character must be recognized as the
pi Mais of society, the conservator and pu
rifier of free government, the ameliorator
Let him, then, who labors for the good
of tlm nation, inculcate a sentiment- for
pnoiry.. Jflio is a teacher, hisflokUjfuge.
fulness is wide; if a professional or tins-
luess man, his opportunities, though few.
er, mo none, the less important. The
power over the mind exercised by the
creations of Shakespeare, Milton, Words
worth, Scott, Bryant, Longfellow, are irri
sistihlc, silent, yet moulding and elevating
public sentiment to a higher and better
standard. Bring the mind face to face
with the aspirations, the thoughts, the
character itself of these musters rellected
in their pages and no one can fail of mor
al benefit. But on the other hand if true
poetry ha-, a benign inlluence, that which
is false has, on the same principle, a de
grading tendency. It poels ate to be the
"legislators of man," man must legislate
mediocre and vicious pails out of exist,
Character gives the passport to the con
fidence and respect of man, and hence, to
the true reformer opens the way to suc
cess. Search where you may, circle tho
globe, gaze on the most perfect chisel
ings of an Angelo, or the grandest produc
tions of a West; explore the antiquities of
tho world; fall at the feet of science; im
plore philosophy, and nothing is found
to compare to nobility of charaotei.
Mount some awful height, pierce the
clouds, behold nature in all her beauty
and loveliness prostrate at your feet; de
scend into the depths among the coral
workers and again comes the verdict,
Character, there is pothingliko thee; thou
art bolter, infinitely better than all else.
Nay, thou ar. the essence of all things
noble and grand and good. Nature is
beautiful but tho designer is more beauti
ful. Yonder block of marble or that
indescribable harmony of colors, touch
ing the most secret springs of our being,
filling us with transports of delight, arc
but the ri'llcetions of Mimething unseen
who.se hcuiuiosnii' not transferable to the
realm of matter. And so all nature teach
es the existence of an all-pervading per
fect character which man lias named the
Dirinity a character looking out upon us
through nature, through art, through re
ligion. Thu nearest approach to this ul
timate perfection is that, brighter than the
most brili'nnl orb of day whose price is
above rubies, the symmetrical, irreproach
able, divine human character, to develop
which is man's grandest duty.
What wu$ it made Agassiz" say he had
not time io make money V A grandeur of
character causing him to regard the mere
acquisition of wealth ignoble. What
made Morris dedicate his princely for
tune lo his country? Ills love of truth,
of freedom, of honor, of goodness. How
came it that Win. Pitt cast aside every dis.
Unction preferring to die in poverty? A
combination of those cardinal irtucs
conslltuiing character. Give me ten
thousand Pitts or Morrises or Agassizs,
make them a nation, and I will show you
a nconlc where laws are little nenrii'd:
where there are no prisons, no courU of
justice so culled, no buying of votes, no
tiSHttc ballots, no wars. Whoto will bo
actualized the reality that all "men are
born free and equal. " There oppression
will he unknown. There perfection of
individual character will he tho guprome
The ancient philosophers of Greece
bplieid that youth should commune
witii nature, drinking in her teachings
while the mind is elastic. Happy
thought! To-day tho true student of na
ture Ts invariably a man of great moral
worth. Nature imparts to him soinothing
ofhorsolf; inspires and exalts him; in
vests him with a character copied from
tho divine. May tho Agassizs and, the
IlLurys multiply greatly. Who may not
devote his best energies to this noble
Again take education a liberal educa
tion such as our own honored university
all'ords. First of all it is the duty of the
stale collectively to avail herself of the
benefits of tho institution so wisely estab
lished. Individually, it places n liberal
culture in tho reach of very many. A
higher education, having for its object
the expansion and discipline of the mind;
the removal of prejudice in all its firms;
and most important the development of
character, is and ever will be the moans
of inestimable good.
This then brings us to the important
question : What should bo the character
and duty of the educated citizen in gen
crnl, and of Nebraska's ideal citizen, the
child of her university in particular?
I know that in certain ways the high pur
pose of tho university is thwarted; that
the cliamcter of the institution is not yet
perfect. When we relied and are taught
that the school is directly responsible Tor
the character of the citizen, it should be
the first and only duty of the regents and
faculty to remove every vestige of hind
erance to its sublime end. But despite a
want of unity among the faculty, despite
certain actions tainted with prejudice, de
spite a lamentable individualism and
exhibitions of hate cm the part of some,
the university must and will advance to
the high position the people intended it
to occupy. I take it that the ideal citizen,
such as tho univetsity aims to make is
not lie who has acquired a vast amount
of knowledge, noi' yet he who has to
knowledge added a well-balanced and dis.
ciplmed mind, but capable of an ignoble
act; but lie who is to bo a moulder of
human destinies; tin inspiror of what Dr.
Thorn. Arnold calls "an inquiring love of
truth going along with a divine lovo ol
goodness." One who is z sincere sympa
thize! with humanity of every grade of
life; one who regards with charity the
acts and allairs of men. A man whom
the world can not taint. A man of patri
otism, of courage, of honor, of truth, of
character. Well is such a man too good
for the world? Must he withdraw him
self from tho rude gaze of tho world con
tent to serve his fellow-nian thus isolated?
Socrates frequented the streets and mar
ket places seeking whom he could pci
suade to listen, scattering seeds of wis
dom and virtue, among low and high.
Men commune with nature and are ex
alted. So, let men of culture commingle
with the world, shedding the most gen
iai inlluence on the taste and feelings of
men; let their motives, their worth, their
honor, their morals penetrate the high
ways and by ways of life, softening, shield
Does anyone think that our national
character is good enough ? Arc wo con
touted witli tho present? Tho voice of
the fathers enters iu protest. "Such
scones were never uoiore witnessed Hi
Maino" tho wordu of one of Amorica's
ablest and grandest living statesman.
But is Maine an index to the nation? It
is fair to assume that it iu. 0 ! manhood
how degraded! If inon will not extri
cate themselves from the miro, some one
must go down and pull them out. How
great, therefore, tho work of tho educated
citizen! How plain his duty!
May wo sti ivc then, for what is boyond ;
coolant wilh a little progress each" day,
but always discontented. May exalted in
dividuals soon merge into an exalte i
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