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Our Strong Rods Broken and Withered

Excerpt from Our Strong Rods Broken and Withered: A Discourse Upon the Recent Decease of Calhoun, Clay, and Webster, Delivered at the Central Presbyterian Church, on the 14th Day of November, 1852 Her strong rods were broken and withered. - ezekiel xix: 12. How are the mighty fallen! For what illustrious victims have the doors of the shadow of death been Opened within the passage of a few short months! The King of Terrors has magnified his office in striking down the loftiest in such rapid succession. From the fresh-covered graves of Calhoun, and Clay, and Webster, there comes a voice, penetrating the hearts of twenty-five millions! Of people, Verily, man, at his best estate, is altogether vanity. God speaks to us from Heaven, when the angel of his providence is commissioned to summon the spirits of the mighty to the life to come, Man being in honor abideth not. I have said, ye are Gods, but ye shall die as men. When giants lie down to die, death is felt to be the heritage of all; for then, in the language of the sacred ora cles, the grave hathlenlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure; and your glory, and your pomp, and your multitude, and he thatrejoiceth, shall descend into it. But while our common mortality is evidenced and enforced by the decease of the intellectual Titans who have stood a head and shoulders above other men, is there not some demonstration, also, of our common immortality, which is not so manifest in ordinary instances of death? Does it not seem absurd thatthe grave should hold such powers, that such capacities and energies should lie in cold obstruction that. Such wisdom and knowledge should be smothered beneath the clods of the valley, and all the faculties of such souls perish with their tab ernacle of clay? N ot until all worlds shall have been ex plored, all forms of life examined, all space penetrated to the outer verge, where night and nothingness maintain their an cient solitary sway; not until it is proven that, ceasmg to be manifest here, they exist nowhere, will we receive the gloomy dogma of modern atheism, 'f that death is an eternal sleep. The great intellects among men, that shine out like the sun in the firmament, obscuring all lesser lights, are given, among other reasons, as examples of what human nature is capable, to illustrate the revealed truth that man 1s made only a lit tle lower than the angels, and is destined, for Vveal or woe, to an endless existence in a world to come. Who believes that the soul of Newton is lying under the marble of Westminster Abbey; that the mind that measuired the unlverse, and mapped the stars, and discovered the laws that regulate the motions of the innumerable worlds that revolve through space, has perished with the dust and ashes in his sepulchre? Can any man con ceive that the vast intellect of Webster was buried in the earth at Marshfield? That his soul is in the grave, around which weeping relatives and friends were recently assembled, ex pressing there a grief which was felt from the northern lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the stormy sea that sings the requiem of the departed statesman by the place of his sepul ture, to the distant Pacific, where the California emigrant has carried his fame? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at
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