such an angle as will enable us correctly to measure his stature.
Premising that it would be folly to find fault with a man struggling for life because his attitudes were ungraceful, remembering the Scythian king's answer to Alexander
, criticising his strange weapon,--“If you knew how precious freedom was, you would defend it even with axes,” --we must see that O'Connell
's own explanation is evidently sincere and true.
He found the Irish heart so cowed, and Englishmen so arrogant, that he saw it needed an independence verging on insolence, a defiance that touched extremest limits, to breathe self-respect into his own race, teach the aggressor manners, and sober him into respectful attention.
It was the same with us Abolitionists.
had taught the North
the bated breath and crouching of a slave.
It needed with us an attitude of independence that was almost insolent, it needed that we should exhaust even the Saxon
vocabulary of scorn, to fitly utter the righteous and haughty contempt that honest men had for man-stealers.
Only in that way could we wake the North
to self-respect, or teach the South
that at length she had met her equal, if not her master.
On a broad canvas, meant for the public square, the tiny lines of a Dutch interior would be invisible.
In no other circumstances was the French
maxim, “You can never make a revolution with rose-water,” more profoundly true.
The world has hardly yet learned how deep a philosophy lies hid in Hamlet
Nay, an thou 'lt mouth,
I'll rant as well as thou.
has been charged with insincerity in urging repeal, and those who defended his sincerity have leaned toward allowing that it proved his lack of commonsense, I think both critics mistaken.