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Spahn, Brougham, Burdge

Excerpt from Spahn, Brougham, Burdge: Oration, Poem, and History Brethren of the Theta Delta Chi: When a man becomes sick at heart, he thinks the dead are happy. The maudlin poet constructs his refrain upon that sentiment. But it is all an error. 'Tis true that disappointments dishearten true that misfortunes depress - true that each dispelled illusion makes us sadder - more true than all that the dead suffer nothing down in the solemn stillness of their abode. To them comes no noise of strife. Their fleshless ribs encase no heart to feel the pain of slights. They have no bodies to suffer with any of the manifold distresses of wretchedness. Malice cannot harm them, nor envy sting them. They are inaccessible as the Gods on Mount Olympus to every human ill. But our lot is a better one; for the poorest, the most unfortunate among us lives, has a share of sunshine and a claim upon the seasons. Every Spring brings with it the tender grass that grows into richest green with the Summer, fading slowly away under the bronze and gold of Autumn, till the spotless shroud of Winter kindly covers its remains. And all the while the broad sky arches overhead, and so long as foliage is on trees it is stirred into music by the winds of heaven; and birds twitter, and brooks ripple, and the landscape looks glorious when the bright sun lights it up, stretching off into the haziness of blue distance till it fades away into ether. This all is ours. Let us enjoy it while we may; and if there be one among us whose lot has been so wretched, that nothing seems left to him but misery and mourning, who finds no joy in Nature to dispel his unhappy mood, he may still steal away from it for odd hours by recalling some happy past. Oh, Reminiscence! About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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