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Then the echoes rebound, and the heavens resound

\Vitli the shout that the battle is won;
But the fallen in Lacrosse bear slightly the h-.

For the laurel of all is " I1W/ done."



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THE " LITTLE CHURCH 'ROUND THE CORNER."



UPERSTITIOX darkens still this most enlightened age,
And bigotry stalks rampant with anti-pious rage,
Denouncing and reviling, with sanctimonious ire,
The liberal relations which all true men admire.
Now some denominations of a much divided " Church "
Assume their diffring brothers will be left in the lurch
When God shall call the muster roll of sinners and of

saints, .

And of its future destiny each anxious soul acquaints.
But however bigotry may roar, and howe'er fierce its

breath,
Charity should close its mouth when life has closed in

death;
And, howe'er prejudice may reign, true godliness should

dwell

Where godliness has been " ordained" to save a soul
from hell.



The Li Little Church 'Round the Corner?' 97

I;KOK<;K HOLLAND lived, in men's esteem, in purity and

truth,
And not a slur has crossed his fame from well known

early youth;
Beloved by all who knew the man, admired by all who

hung

Delightedly upon the power and pathos of his tongue.
A man of sterling moral cast, of ample frame of mind,
And every attribute of truth and nobleness of combined,
\Vlien death dismissed his spirit from this temporary

stage

A " Clergyman" refused to ope' the burial service page;
Refused the poor, cold, lifeless clay a Christian's last

farewell,
And, as an " ACTOR'S" portion, doomed his noble soul to

hell I

The sorrowing friends protested, the anguished mourn
ers wept;
But the "Man of God" was callous, and the sad pro-

ces>ion left ;

Then a " Little Church 'Round the Corner" an humble

edifice

Received the outraged corpse with a spiritual kiss;
Consigned the last remains of the Actor to the grave
With a prayer that God would claim him from Jordan's

mystic wave.
Thus may honor ever bind thee, both happy one and

mourner,
In bonds of love and union to that " Church Around the

Corner."

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OR, PRESENT AND




XUBERANT beauties hail the dawn of day,
The vesture of the earth is fair and gay.
Sweet flowers unfold their tinted leaves to view,
'" And greet the sunlight and the glist'ning dew.
Dense forests in communion whisper words
Of welcome; and bright plumaged, joyoua birds
Thrill with melodious notes the vaulted sky.
While soaring larks, lost to The human eye,
Enrapt the ear and fascinate the soul
AVith melting streams of melody, which roll
Thro' empty space, as 'twere an angel's voice,
Bidding all living nature to rejoice.

Fair children sport, in happy, thoughtless groups,
Existing but in present joy and hopes.
The mother, in the fulness of her love,
Maternal pride and joy, lives but to prove
Her heart's devotion to her child and spouse.
And make each day, from dawn until its close,



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A cradled happiness, to triad cadi heart,

And to each nature generous joys impart.

All sympathetic nature, every phase

Of life is tinted by the beauteous rays

Which gild the hour of peace. But now, alas!

A change comes o'er the scene, and \vhispers pass

From ear to ear, of ominous import,

And soon there spreads the terrible " report"

That joy must flee, and fondest hopes must yield

Their dearest treasure to the blood stained field;

That hearts must bleed, and bosoms rend with woe,

While dear ones fall in death. before the foe!

For, some atlVont to arrogance and power

IJids thousands die within a passing hour,

And \vash away the stain with streams of blood,

While he who spills it, in a sullen mood,

Looks on with callous eye and deadened care

For all the crimes his evil work may bear.

Fair lands are trampled 'neath the warrior's steed,

And grandest beauties claim no moment's heed;''

Famine and pestilence grow swiftly rife,

Cr.ishing to death the noblest, strongest life.

Crand structures, monuments of ancient skill,
Are dealt destruction by the imperious will
Of one great tyrant; while all nations wait.
In stern, grim silence, the award of Fate.

While nations reign, and power sustains its sway,
War will ne'er cease to cloud the sunniest day.
And carnivals of blood will madly urge
Their myriad vot'ries to the awful verge



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Of agony and death. from age to age.

'Till death shall silence every warrior's rage;

For, while evil lurks in human .breast,

'Twill ever strive, \vitli vengeful ire, to wrest

Each gift which Nature portions to the just.

And seek to sacrifice its dearest trust;

Unscrupulous, ambitions aims will force

Life's purest current from its peaceful course;

And, were no hand upraised to intercept,

Progress and civilization would be swept,

By one relentless tyrant's vengeful breath,

In the oblivion of moral death.

So wars must wage, and warriors must arm

To save an honored name and right from harm,

And check the hordes which would imbue their hands

In despoliation of the fairest lands.

Thus FKANVK. whose con<|'riug hosts beseiged the
And e'er victorious, mightest despots hurled [world,
From pinnacles of power to depths of shame.
Humiliation, and of bla>ted fame,
\ow subjugated lies beneath the heel
Of one she rashly deemed would meekly kneel.
And render each concession on demand.
Or else would fall beneath her upraised hand.

For. years her ships have spread the ocean's wave,
And challenged foes her mighty strength to brave;
Her frowning forts were deemed impregnable
To heaviest guns and storms of seething shell;
Her mighty armies nations held in awe.
Who, in her vaunted greatness, victory saw



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But years of peace wro't revelry and ease.

And PAKIS reigned lor nought except to plea-e

Voluptuous sense'; Science and Art imposed

A tribute from all lands, and -Fashion posed

The ingenuity of all the earth

To wrest her from the land which gave her birth:

But the great vigor and majestic power

Of martial strength waned with each fleeting hour,

And when XAPOI. KO\ arrogantly sought

T renew the task his predecessor taught,

And forced the German vet'rans in the field

To combat for the rights they <corned to yield,

His armies (led before the powerful arm

O'er which great Justice held a with'ring charm.

The Fmperor, at Sedan, resigned his sword,

And there the Empire fell, to lie restored

Refined and purged but as an Empire reign

Until fri/i/hiidli'lf/ it shall resign

Its ancient honors, titles, name and fame

That grand Republic />rin<-if>/<' shall claim

Its children as its lawful wards till truth

Shall dawn upon its free, unshackled youth.

Thus "Imperial France" has fallen at last,
And all its pride and arrogance is past.
The retribution due unholy deeds
Sternly confronts her while she cruelly bleed?.
" Invulnerable Paris," doomed by Fate
To (ierman legions to capitulate,
Must lay her majesty upon the dust.
And bow her head, and eat the bitter crust,



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But may she nV and profit by tlic past,
For, tlio' an Kmpire still, she's Hearing fast
The day when Freedom shall ascend its throne
And claim lier wand'ring children as its own.

But years must pass ere evils long instilled
In corrupt soil, howe'er it may be tilled,
Shall yield its tares, and full eared wheat replace
The rank weeds fostered by a former race.

Aye! Years must pass, and generations die,
And mighty Truth lour/ battle with a lie
Ere Liht'rfi/ proclaims that kings have lain
Their sceptres down, and the linn soldered chain
Which binds the human race as slaves to power
Shall burst its bonds, and Freedom claim its dower.
Then " La Grande Xa/io/i '' shall receive its choice
Without a murmur or dissenting vo'ce
Its noble people weave a glorious thread,
Which, borne on Freedom's wings, shall swiftly spread
O'er land and sea, until it shall unite,
In everlasting bonds of might and right,
With the IvKiTBi.ir of our UANSOMKII STATKS,
And open to the ir<>r/<l its long closed gates.





we cry the echo's mocking sound
Replies thro' empty space unknown unfound!
H(i\v strict our search our labor may lie lost.
Kxcept experience outset the cost:
But 'neath a bed of dross the je\vel lies,
Hid from the searching glance of many eyes,
Diffusing purest germs of beauteous life
An antidote to all irs care and strife
E'en as the violet, on its mo>sy bank,
Diffuses sweetness from a bed so rank
That it might bloom unseen, and fade, and die,
Did not its perfume point to where it lie,
And, 'mid the vacillating hues which blend
And tarnish the pure rays which angels lend
To deck the name of FuiExn, unnumbered beams
Have crossed my checkered path as fitful dreams,
And when reality was most inten-e
The vision tied and left but vapid sense;
But still some friends have stood each liery test,
And pass'd unscathed what scattered all the rest.



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TcTMy Friends.



And ye who've proved yourselves my firm and true
["ii-Nvervina 1 friends, accept your simple due,
My grateful thanks, and earnest bles.-ing on
The many cherished kindness', ye have done
And when the sun of mortal life shall wane,
And heaven claim its precious gift again,
May eternal bonds unite our souls in love
In the bright home of bliss prepared above.



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