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Centennial: The American Negro from 1776-1876; Oration Delivered at Avondale, Ohio, 1876
			
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have added glory and luster to  our puissant  republic.
The valor of the fathers, their endurance, humanity, love
of country, love of God, were the weapons of their holy
warfare.  We receive from the hands of time the rich and
delicious fruit they reaped upon this new continent in the
West, to be transmitted  as well as enjoyed--handed down
to the latest generation.
    There is nothing immortal but truth.  The good that
men do lives after them, and is not interred with their mortal
bodies.  The monuments we erect to the mighty dead must
yield under the blighting hand of time.  The generations
that made pilgrimages to the shrines of saints and heroes
have long since ended their wanderings upon the shore of
time, and the places that held the ashes of those whom
they venerated are now desecrated by the iron hoof of a
swift and remorseless civilization.  Xerxes  wept at the
thought that magnificent and stupendous as his army was,
one hundred years would  not spare a single man.  He
erred on the side of a purely materialistic idea.  Sheer
physical existence is not the sum of human endeavor.

          "Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
             'Life is but an empty dream!'
            For the soul is dead that slumbers,
             And things are not what they seem.

          "Life is real! Life is earnest!
             And the grave is not its goal;
            Dust thou art, to dust returnest,'
             Was not spoken of the soul.

          "Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
             Is our destined end or way;
           But to act, that each to-morrow
             Find us farther than to-day.




			
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Centennial: The American Negro from 1776-1876; Oration Delivered at Avondale, Ohio, 1876

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