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[p. 60] The science that measures and numbers the spheres,
And has done so since first the Chaldean began it,
Now and then, as she counts them and measures their years,
Brings into our system and names a new planet.
Yet the old and new stars,
Venus, Neptune and Mars,
As they drive round the sun their invisible cars,
Whether faster or slower their races are run,
Are ‘E Pluribus Unum’—of many made one.
Of those federate spheres, should but one fly the track,
Or with others conspire for a general dispersion,
By the great central orb they would all be brought back,
And each held in place by a wholesome ‘coercion.’
Were one daughter of light
Indulged in her flight,
They might all be engulfed by old Chaos and Night.
So must none of our sisters be suffered to run,
For ‘E Pluribus Unum’—we all go, if one.
Let the Demon of Discord our melody mar,
Or Treason's red hand rend our system asunder,
Break one string from our harp or extinguish one star,
The whole system's ablaze with its lightning and thunder.
Let that discord be hushed!
Let the traitors be crushed,
Though Legion their name, all with victory flushed,
For aye must our motto stand, fronting the sun:
‘E Pluribus Unum’—the many are one.
—John Pierpont. By poetic license, he gives the states as thirty (really thirty-one then), though some were badly out of tune. The planet Neptune had been known as such by astronomers only fifteen years. The ‘coercion’ he quoted had been a political bugaboo, held impossible by many who held ‘state rights’ doctrines; and certainly everything was ablaze with the lightning and thunder of civil war. It was given him to see that great strife closed and the reconstruction begun that demonstrates to all the world that ‘the nation is one,’ and on the last Sabbath of his life, the day before his passing, to worship where he had preached, and from thence be borne to his rest. We fancy that had he been living in 1898, his rejoicing
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