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[15] in commons and tuition, varied from twenty-eight to thirty-six dollars.

In college his compositions were largely poetical. Among his themes of this kind were, ‘Non omnia possumus omnes,’ ‘Winter,’ and a ‘Dialogue between Churchill the Warrior and Churchill the Poet.’ At the end of his Junior year, he delivered before the Speaking Club a valedictory poem, on the occasion of his classmates leaving it. At the exhibition in September, 1795, his part was a poem, entitled ‘The Compass,’ which was printed in a pamphlet. It contains these lines:—

More true inspir'd, we antedate the time
When futile war shall cease throa every clime;
No sanction'd slavery Afric's sons degrade,
But equal rights shall equal earth pervade.1

When his class had completed their studies, he delivered (June 21, 1796) a valedictory poem in the College Chapel, in the presence of the officers and students, in which his muse, after the style of such performances, recognized gratefully the instructions of President Willard and Professors Tappan, Pearson, and Webber.

His part at Commencement was a poem on ‘Time.’ Two years later, he delivered a poem before the Phi Beta Kappa Society. This taste for versification lasted during most of his life. He wrote many odes for the anniversaries of benevolent societies, and for patriotic or festive occasions, and New-Year's addresses for the carriers of newspapers.

One of his best passages in verse is the following, given as a sentiment at the Doric Hall of the State House, July 4, 1826: ‘The United States, one and indivisible!’

Firm, like the oak, may our blest Union rise;
No less distinguished for its strength than size;
The unequal branches emulous unite,
To shield and grace the trunk's majestic height;
Through long succeeding years and centuries live,
No vigor losing from the aid they give.

This is quoted by Charles Sumner at the close of his address, Are we a nation, delivered Nov. 19, 1867: Works, Vol. XII. p. 249.

It was then the fashion for aspiring youth to attempt verses after the style of Pope's grave and sonorous periods. But there

1 As a grateful acknowledgment of this poem, his college friends presented him with copies of Shakspeare and Young's ‘Night Thoughts.’

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