in 1860, and seemed to forget him in 1861; but the boys in blue, led by that very mob, wearing epaulets, marched from State Street to the Gulf
, because “John Brown
's soul was marching on.”
That and the flag — only two memories, two sentiments
--led the ranks.
My friend has told you that the church has removed its altar; we submit.
God is not worshipped in temples builded with men's hands; and when their tower lifted itself in proud beauty to the heavens, and varied stone and rich woods furnished a new shelter for the descendants of Eckley
, and Prince
, and Sewall
and the others that worshipped here, the consecration that the Puritans gave these walls — to Christ
and the Church
But these walls received as real a consecration when Adams
dedicated them to liberty.
We do not come here because there went hence to heaven the prayers of Sewall
and the early saints of the colony.
We come to save walls that heard and stirred the eloquence of Quincy
,--that keen blade which so soon wore out the scabbard,--determined, “under God, that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die freemen
These arches will speak to us, as long as they stand, of the sublime and sturdy religious enthusiasm of Adams
; of Otis
's passionate eloquence and single-hearted devotion; of Warren
in his young genius and enthusiasm; of a plain, unaffected, but high-souled people who ventured all for a principle, and to transmit to us, unimpaired, the free lips and self-government which they inherited.
Above and around us unseen hands have written, “This is the cradle of Civil Liberty, child of earnest religious Faith.”
I will not say it is a nobler consecration; I will not say that it is a better use. I only say we come here to save what our fathers consecrated to the memories of