put their hands on the very spot where bold men spoke, or brave men died; shall we tear in pieces the roof that actually trembled.to the words which made us a nation?
It is impossible not to believe, if the spirits above us are permitted to know what passes in this terrestrial sphere, that Adams
are to-day bending over us, asking that the scene of their immortal labors shall not be desecrated or blotted from the sight of men.
Consecrate it again, in the worship and memory of a people!
Consecrate it, in order that, if another rebellion breaks out against the flag; if our young men need once more to have their hearts quickened to the sublime significance of the Republic
which protects them; if once more we must rally flags and marshal ranks for the protection of liberty,--the young men shall be able to look up to Faneuil Hall and the Old State House
and these walls, as a quickening inspiration, before they leave these streets to go down and show themselves worthy of their fathers.
Let these walls stand, if only to remind us that, in those days, Adams
, advocates of the newest and extremest liberty, found their sturdiest allies in the pulpit; that our Revolution was so much a crusade that the Church
led the van.
Summon it again, ye venerable walls, to its true place in the world's toil for good!
Give us Mayhews
and Coopers again; and let the children of the Pilgrims show that religious conviction, veneration for “the great of old,” and a stern purpose that our flag shall everywhere and always mean justice, are a threefold cord holding this nation together, never to be broken.
We have a great future before us,--how grand, human forecast cannot measure,--yes, a great future endangered by many and grave perils.
Our way out of these, faith believes in, but mortal eye cannot see. It is wisdom to summon every ally, to save every possible