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THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION.
the Union, even by war: while the Government claimed no right to do more than restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with, or even before, the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamentai and astounding. Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men could dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men's faces; but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered—that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.
" Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to reinove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bond man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid with another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, “ The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION.
Fling the flags out, grand and glorious,
Red with blood of battles won,
Let them greet the rising sun.
On the land and on the ocean
Let the banners blossom out,
Thunder Freedom's anthem-shout.
Gone the gloom of wrong and error,
Broken the oppressor's ban;
Freedom is the right of man.
Fills the land from sea to sea;
Man forever more is free !
On the mountain, in the valley,
Raise aloft the stripes and stars;
Mightier in their strength than Mars !
Labor is the only king,
Nobler deeds than poets sing.
THE SOLDIER'S RETURN.
“THREE years! I wonder if she'll know me!
I limp a little, and I left one arm
As the plump chestnuts on my little farm;
“The darling! how I long to see her!
My heart outruns this feeble soldier pace; But I remember, after I had left,
A little Charlie came to take my place; Ah! how the laughing three-year-old brown eyes (His mother's eyes) will stare with pleased surprise !
“Sure, they'll be at the corner watching!
I sent them word that I should come to-night;
Twittering their welcome with a wild delight;
"Three years-perhaps I am but dreaming,
For, like the pilgrim of the long ago,
Through summer's heat and winter's blinding snow,
When morning came the early rising sun
Laid his light fingers on a soldier sleeping Where a soft covering of bright green grass
Over two lowly mounds was lightly creeping, But waked himn not; his was the rest eternal, Where the brown eyes reflected love supernal.
There is a cap in the closet,
Old, tattered, and blue-
It may be to you:
Could not buy it to-day,
Brave “Co. K."
The head that it sheltered
Needs shelter no more:
The trifles they wore •