and her sisters have climbed far up its steep ascent.
Who believed that a poetess could ever be more than an Annot Lyle of the harp, to soothe with sweet melodies the leisure of her lord, until in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's hands the thing became a trumpet?
Where are gone the sneers with which army surgeons and parliamentary orators opposed Mr. Sidney Herbert's first proposition to send Florence Nightingale to the Crimea?
In how many towns has the current of popular prejudice against female orators been reversed by one winning speech from Lucy Stone!
Where no logic can prevail, success silences.
First give woman, if you dare, the alphabet, then summon her to her career: and though men, ignorant and prejudiced, may oppose its beginnings, there is no danger but they will at last fling around her conquering footsteps more lavish praises than ever greeted the opera's idol,more perfumed flowers than ever wooed, with intoxicating fragrance, the fairest butterfly of the ball-room.
:--Blackman, in spite of his name, a Nazarene whiter than snow ;--Partridge, a hunted partridge, yet both a dove and an eagle ;--Ezekiel Rogers, a tree of knowledge, whose apples the very children might pluck ;--Nathaniel Rogers, a very lively preacher and a very preaching liver, he loved his church as if it had been his family and he taught his family as if it had been his church ;--Warham, the first who preached with notes, and who suffered agonies of doubt respecting the Lord's Supper ;--Stone, both a loadstone and a flint stone, and who set the self-sacrificing example of preaching only one hour.
These men had mingled traits of good and evil, like all mankind,--nobler than their descendants in some attributes, less noble in others.
The most strait-laced Massachusetts Calvinist of these days would have been disciplined by them for insufferable laxity, and yet their modern successor would count it utter shame, perhaps, to own a slave in his family or to drink rum-punch at an or