for one moment dare to venture for that which in costing one human life would cost infinitely too dear.
But it will cost no such price.
Have we not had within my memory two great political revolutions?
And had we them not without bloodshed or violence to the social compact?
Have we not arrived at a period when physical force and military power yield to moral and intellectual energy?
Has not the time of “ Cedant arma togae” come for us and the other nations of the earth?’
Let us trust that the prediction of O'Connell
will be verified; that reason and intellect are destined, under God, to do that for the nations of the earth which the physical force of centuries and the red sacrifice of a thousand battle-fields have failed to accomplish.
Glorious beyond all others will be the day when ‘nation shall no more rise up against nation;’ when, as a necessary consequence of the universal acknowledgment of the rights of man, it shall no longer be in the power of an individual to drag millions into strife, for the unholy gratification of personal prejudice and passion.
The reformed governments of Great Britain
, resting, as they do, upon a popular basis, are already tending to this consummation, for the people have suffered too much from the warlike ambition of their former masters not to have learned that the gains of peaceful industry are better than the wages of human butchery.
Among the great names of Ireland
—alike conspicuous, yet widely dissimilar—stand Wellington
The one smote down the modern Alexander
upon Waterloo's field of death, but