Excerpt from The Uniter and Liberator of America: A Memorial Discourse on the Character and Career of Abraham Lincoln; Delivered in the North Russell Street M. E. Church, Boston, Sunday, April 23, 1865
Thy gentleness hath made me great. Ps. xviii. 35.
He saved others, himself he cannot save. Matt, xxvii. 42.
All nations shall call him blessed. Ps. lxxii. 17.
The appalling deed of the last. Good Friday begins to put on the fixed lineaments of the past. As that face and form, then so full of life, are frozen in death, so he who animated them is fast becoming solidified and shapen in the unchanging marble of history.
Still standing in the horrible shadow, how can we carve the features of the immortal dead? The chisel shakes in our trembling hand. The rain of sorrow blinds our eyes. In the ghastly darkness, we but faintly discern the spiritual form that has so suddenly been struck from its earthly home and has forever vanished from the eyes of man. He, who but yesterday was the centre of all human observation; whose every word, as he himself declared but three nights before his death, was in no unimportant sense a national decree; from whom were the issues of life and death to the imperious leaders of the rebellion and their too willing subjects ; upon whose course foreign potentates fastened watchful eyes, and foreign peoples were yet more intent; the foremost man in all the world; - now lies he low in his bloody shroud. A nation weeps around his bier. The world bemoans his fate. Never before did so wide and bitter a cry pierce the skies.
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