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Its Philosophy and Scientific Basis
AS DEFINED BY SOME OF ITS APOSTLES.
"If the people are silent under oppression, it is lethargy, the forerunner of
* THE REFORMER.
All grim and soiled and brown with tan, I saw a Strong One, in his wrath, Smiting the godless shrines of man Along his path.
The Church beneath her trembling dome
Fraud from his secret chambers fled
"Spare," Art implored, "yon holy pile; That grand, old time-worn turret, spare ;" Meek Reverence kneeling in the aisle
Cried out "Forbear!"
Gray-bearded Use, who, deaf and blind,
Young Romance raised his dreamy eyes,
Yet louder rang the Strong One's stroke,
I looked: Aside the cloud-dust rolled-
'Twas but the ruin of the bad,
The wasting of the wrong and ill;
Calm grew the brows of him I feared;
The grain grew green on battle plains,
Where frowned the fort, pavillions gay,
Looked out upon the peaceful bay
And hills behind.
Through vine-wreathed cups with wine once red
Drawn, sparkling, from the rivulet head
Through prison walls, like heaven-sent hope,
The young child played.
Where the doomed victim in his cell
Grown wiser for the lessons given,
That, where the share is deepest driven,
The out-worn rite, the old abuse
These wait their doom, from that great law
Oh backward looking son of time!
So wisely taught the Indian seer;
Idly, as thou, in that old day
Thou mournest, did thy sire repine; So in his time, thy child grown gray Shall sigh for thine.
But life shall on and upward go;
Th' eternal step of Progress beats To that great anthem, calm and slow, Which God repeats.
*This poem had long been a favorite with Mr. Parsons, and was recited by him to the jailers and the reporters but a short time before his death.