Eulogy on Daniel Webster: Delivered Before the Students of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, December 29, 1852 (Classic Reprint)by Edwin D. Sanborn
Nature's noblemen ought to be tried by their peers. Those illustrious patriots, whose words and deeds constitute the materials of history, should be portrayed by men who can fully comprehend them. The actions and opinions of the
Excerpt from Eulogy on Daniel Webster: Delivered Before the Students of Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, December 29, 1852
Nature's noblemen ought to be tried by their peers. Those illustrious patriots, whose words and deeds constitute the materials of history, should be portrayed by men who can fully comprehend them. The actions and opinions of the honored dead should be scanned and weighed by such of their disciples as are competent to appreciate and imitate them. To hold up their virtues to the admiration of posterity is the office of kindred spirits possessing like tastes and endowments.
"What light is, this only light can show"
But Webster has gone and left no peer. The man who can justly estimate his mind and heart, his character and influence, does not live. Centuries may elapse before the advent of his equal; for Nature is not prodigal of such gifts. Those epochs, in human history, which have been distinguished by the life and services of truly great men are separated by centuries and not by generations. Poets, philosophers and statesmen of commanding genius, only appear, when the common mind is prepared, by previous development, to take an onward step in social improvement. Then God condescends to raise up and educate a leader.
"Such men arc rais'd to station and command,
When Providence means mercy to the land.
He speaks and they appear; to him they owe
Skill to direct and strength to strike the blow;
To manage with address, to seize with pow'r
The crisis of a dark decisive hour.
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