Once to my sight that giant form was given,Webster could awe a senate, Everett could charm a college, and Choate could cheat a jury; Clay could magnetize the million, and Corwin lead them captive. O'Connell was Clay, Corwin, Choate, Everett, and Webster in one. Before the courts, logic; at the bar of the senate, unanswerable and dignified; on the platform, grace, wit, and pathos; before the masses, a whole man. Carlyle says, “He is God's own anointed king whose single word melts all wills into his.” This describes O'Connell. Emerson says, “There is no true eloquence, unless there is a man behind the speech.” Daniel O'Connell was listened to because all England and all Ireland knew that there was a man behind the speech,--one who could be neither bought, bullied, nor cheated. He held the masses free but willing subjects in his hand. He owed this power to the courage that met every new question frankly, and concealed none of his convictions;
Walled by wide air, and roofed by boundless heaven.
Beneath his feet the human ocean lay,
And wave on wave rolled into space away.
Methought no clarion could have sent its sound
Even to the centre of the hosts around;
And, as I thought, rose the sonorous swell,
As from some church-tower swings the silvery bell
Aloft and clear, from airy tide to tide
It glided, easy as a bird may glide;
Even to the verge of that vast audience sent,
It played with each wild passion as it went,--
Now stirred the uproar, now the murmur stilled,
And sobs or laughter answered as it willed.
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