Lord Bacon said in his will, “I leave my name and memory to foreign lands, and to my countrymen, after some time be passed.” No more fitting words could be chosen, if the modesty of the friend who has just gone before us would have permitted him to adopt them for himself. To-day, even within twenty-four hours, I have seen symptoms of that repentance which Johnson describes--
When nations, slowly wise and meanly just,The men who held their garments aside, and desired to have no contact with Music Hall, are beginning to show symptoms that they will be glad, when the world doubts whether they have any life left, to say, “Did not Theodore Parker spring from our bosom?” Ye; be takes his place-his serene place — among those few to whom Americans point as & proof that the national heart is still healthy and alive. Most of our statesmen, most of our politicians, go down into their graves, and we cover them up with apologies; we walk with reverent and filial love backward, and throw the mantle over their defects, and say, “Remember the temptation and the time!” Now and then one-now and then one goes up silently, and yet not unannounced, like the stars at their coming, and takes his place, while all eyes follow him and say, “Thank God i It is the promise and the herald! It is the nation alive at its heart! God has not left us without a witness, for his children have been among us, and one half have known them by love, and one half have known them by hate,--equal attestations to the divine life that has passed through our streets.” I wish I could say anything worthy; but he should have done for us, with the words that never failed to be
To buried merit raise the tardy bust.