"In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time."
The fathers did not struggle for their own existence only.
They were nerved by a broad conception of their duty to af-
ter-coming generations. They were inspired with an idea that
while it had its roots in the exigencies of the times in which
they lived, lifted up, and extended its fruit and branches
into a more propitious future to o'ershade and strengthen
their successors. We reap what they sowed; eat the fruit
upon which we bestowed no labor. They fought for rights
God-given, and built this government upon principles as
broad as the universe. They gave us a government of the
people, by the people, for the people--the people govern-
ing--a republic that should not perish from the earth. How
well they have done this work, orators, statesmen, clergy-
men, poets, and journalists, are to-day informing us in
measured sentences, rounded periods, and exuberant rhet-
oric. And our children will judge, one hundred years
hence, whether we have kept pure and inviolable the
principles the men of '76 formulated to law.
We climb to the summit of dizzy thought and national
excellence. We level our glasses upon the battle-ground
of the century, and evoke a critical and considerate judg-
ment upon what has been accomplished for and by the na-
tion--more, for mankind.
The events of the century move before us in all the mag-
nificence of panoramic grandeur and rapidity. Lexington,