0-9 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Page 5 of Addresses delivered at the inauguration of Rev. Lewis W. Green, D.D., as a president of Transylvania University and State Normal School, November 18, 1856

item | thumbnails | details | text | pdf
Download this image
5 I had thought, sir, it would be happiness enough to breathe the free air and tread the green sod of my native State once moore; to look abroad over the glorious scenery of this good- ly laud, the pride and glory of all lands; to gaze upon the familiar countenances of friends and kindred, and behold the classmates and the pupils of my earlier days proudly vindi- cating the promise of their youth, filling the highest offices of the State, presiding on the bench of Justice, and in the halls of Legislation. I had thought I should love with you to live, amongst you to die; that "the clods of the valley would lie sweeter" above my remains if they only slumbered near to kindred dust; and that even the morning of the resurrection would appear more glorious to me if, amidst the glories of that ecstatic vision, my opening eyes might first rest upon the countenauces of those whom I had loved below. But to re- ceive such a welcome, and from such a source, and amidst this crowded audience of my countrymen; the tongue falters, and words fail to express the depih of my emotions. But amidst the pressure of the urgent business of life, and the stern demands of duty, brief space is left us for the indulgence of feeling, even the mninliest and noblest. Let us turn, then, to the consideration of those solemn interests and high trusts which hvie been committed to our guardian- ship. and for whose especial consideration we are met to-day. The causes that mould the character and decide the destiny of nations do not lie upon the surface. They are the inward fires, deep-seated in the bosom of the earth, and not the showers which fall, or the tempests which beat upon its sur- face, that have heaved up its mighty mountains and sunk its valleys, and hollowed out its water courses, and given to the whole ace of external nature its varied aspects of beauty and of grandeur. So the soucres of a nation's permanent pros- perity and glory must be sought, not in the form of its gov- ernment, in the wisdom of its administration, in its written