the page of his reputation is dim with the tears of the widow and the orphan, and dark with the stain of blood.
The other, armed only with the weapons of truth and reason, has triumphed over the oppression of centuries, and opened a peaceful pathway to the Temple of Freedom
, through which its Goddess may be seen, no longer propitiated with human sacrifices, like some foul idol of the East
, but clothed in Christian attributes, and smiling in the beauty of holiness upon the pure hearts and peaceful hands of its votaries.
The bloodless victories of the latter have all the sublimity with none of the criminality which attaches itself to the triumphs of the former.
To thunder high truths in the deafened ear of nations, to rouse the better spirit of the age, to soothe the malignant passions of assembled and maddened men, to throw open the temple doors of justice to the abused, enslaved, and persecuted, to unravel the mysteries of guilt, and hold up the workers of iniquity in the severe light of truth stripped of their disguise and covered with the confusion of their own vileness,— these are victories more glorious than any which have ever reddened the earth with carnage:—
They ask a spirit of more exalted pitch,
And courage tempered with a holier fire.
Of the more recent efforts of O'Connell
we need not speak, for no one can-read the English
periodicals and papers without perceiving that O'Connell
is, at this moment, the leading politician, the master mind of the British
Attempts have been made to prejudice the American
mind against him by a republication on this side of the water of