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[439] passing from an apprenticeship of thought and toil to broader fields and a higher teacher above.

The blessings of the poor are his laurels. Say that his words won doubt and murmur to trust in a loving God,--let that be his record! Say that to the hated and friendless, he was shield and buckler,--let that be his epitaph! The glory of children is the fathers. When you voted “that Theodore Parker should be heard in Boston,” God, honored you. Well have you kept the pledge. In much labor and with many sacrifices he has laid the corner-stone. His work is ended here. God, calls you to put on the top-stone. Let fearless lips and Christian lives be his monument!

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