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[96] Albany), that ‘philanthropists are the slowest 1 creatures breathing. They think forty times before they act.’ It was not until the end of July that he again reached Boston, after holding meetings in Newburyport, Andover, Salem, and Lynn. Meanwhile Mr. Garrison had resigned the editorship of the Philanthropist, and the number for July 4 contained his brief valedictory. The same day found him in Newburyport once more, where he read the Declaration of Independence at a celebration of the national anniversary, held under the auspices of the Artillery Company, and also contributed a spirited ode for the occasion:

Ode for the celebration of the Fourth of July, at Newburyport, Mass., 1828.2

Once more, in the face of the wondering world,
We come to re-echo our proud declaration,
That the standard of freedom our fathers unfurled
Shall ever in triumph wave over our nation;
That tyranny's chain
Ne'er shall bind us again,
But our rights we'll assert, and as boldly maintain:
'Twere as easy to quench the full blaze of the sun
As shackle a people whose hearts are but one!

Though the heat of collision may sometimes inflame,
And a threat of disunion be held in terrorem;
Though the South may revile, and the East loud declaim,
The North and the West talk of conflicts before 'em;
Yet the Fourth of July
Will forever supply
A seven-fold cord to our national tie:—
The plots of division, though artfully done,
Will fail on a people whose hearts are but one!

Our march must keep pace with the march of the mind,
Progressing in grandeur for ever and ever;
Our deeds and example are laws to mankind,
And Onward to Glory!3 shall be our endeavor:


1 Life of Lundy, p. 28.

2 Nat. Philanthropist, July 11, 1828.

3 The motto of the Artillery Company.

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