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Ges. Take it as it is :
Thy skill will be the greater if thou hit’st it.
TELL. True — true! — I did not think of that- .I

wonder I did not think of that — Give me some chance 5 To save my boy! [Throws away the apple with all his fura !

I will not murder him,
If I can help it for the honor of
The form thou wearest, if all the heart is gone.

Ges. Well : choose thyself.
10 TELL. Have I a friend among the lookers on?

VERNER. [Rushing forward.] Here, Tell.

Tell. I thank thee, Verner!
He is a friend runs out into a storm

To shake a hand with us. I must be brief : 15 When once the bow is bent, we cannot take

The shot too soon. Verner, whatever be
The issue of this hour, the common cause
Must not stand still. Let not to-morrow's sun

Set on the tyrant's banner! Verner! Verner! 26 The boy ! — the boy! Thinkest thou he hath the courage

To stand it?

VER. Yes.
Tell. Does he tremble ?

VER. No.
25 TELL. Art sure ?

VER. I am.
TELL. How looks he ?

VER. Clear and smilingly:
If you doubt it — look yourself.
30 TELL. No— no — my friend ;

To hear it is enough.

VER. He bears himself so much above his years -
Tell. I know!—I know.
VER. With constancy so modest ! —
TELL. I was sure he would —

VER And looks with such relying love And reverence upon you —

TELL. Man! Man! Man!
No more! Already I'm too much the father
5 To act the man ! — Verner, no more, my friend !

I would be flint — flint - flint. Don't make me feel.
I'm not — do not mind me ! - Take the boy
And set him, Verner, with his back to me.

Set him upon his knees — and place this apple
10 Upon his head, so that the stem may front me, —

Thus, Verner; charge him to keep steady - tell him
I'll hit the apple ! — Verner, do all this
More briefly than I tell it thee.
VER. Come, Albert !

[Leading him out. 15 ALB. May I not speak with him before I go?

VER. No.
ALB. I would only kiss his hand.
VER. You must not.

ALB. I must! - I cannot go from him without 20 VER. It is his will you should.

ALB. His will, is it?
I am content then — com 2.

Tel.. My boy! [Holding out his arms to him.]

ALB. My father! [Rushing into Tell's arms.] 25 TELL. If thou canst bear it, should not I?- Go, now,

My son — and keep in mind that I can shoot -
Go, boy — be thou but steady, I will hit
The apple — Go! — God bless thee — go. — My bow !-

[The bow is handed to him.] Thou wilt not fail thy master, wilt thou ? — Thou 30 Hast never failed him yet, old servant — No,

I'm sure of thee — I know thy honesty.
Thou art stanch — stanch. — Let me see my quiver.
Ges. Give him a single arrow.
Tell. Do you shoot ?
Sol. I do.

TELL. Is it so you pick an arrow, friend ?
The point, you see, is bent; the feather jagged: [Breaks it.]
That's all the use 't is fit for.

GES. Let him have another.
5 TELL. Why, 't is better than the first,

But yet not good enough for such an aim
As I'm to take ~ 't is heavy in the shaft:
I'll not shoot with it! [Throws it away.] Let me see my

quiver.
Bring it !- 'T is not one arrow in a dozen
10 I'd take to shoot with at a dove, much less

A dove like that. —

Ges. It matters not.
Show him the quiver.
TELL. See if the boy is ready.

[Tell here hides an arrow under his vest.] 15 VER. He is.

TELL. I'm ready, too! Keep silent for
Heaven's sake, and do not stir — and let me have
Your prayers — your prayers — and be my witnesses

That if his life's in peril from my hand, 20 'T is only for the chance of saving it. [To the people.]

GES. Go on.

TELL. I will.
O friends, for mercy's sake, keep motionless
And silent.

[Tell shoots - a shout of exultation bursts from the

crowd Tell's head drops on his bosom ; he with

· difficulty supports himself upon his bow.] 25 VER. [Rushing in with Albert.] The boy is safe— no

hair of him is touched.
ALB. Father, I'm safe! — your Albert 's safe, dear

father, —
Speak to me! Speak to me!
VER. He can not, boy !
ALB. You grant him life?

GES. I do.
ALB. And we are free ?
GES. You are.

[Crossing angrily behind.] ALB. Thank Heaven ! — thank Heaven!

VER. Open his vest,
And give him air.

[Albert opens his father's vest, and the arrow drops.

Tell starts, fixes his eye on Albert, and clasps him

to his breast.]
TELL. My boy! – My boy!
Ges. For what
Hid you that arrow in your breast ? — Speak, slave !

TELL. To kill thee, tyrant, had I slain my boy!

C. -LOSS OF UNION IRREPARABLE.

WEBSTER,

(From a eulogy on Washington, delivered at a public dinner in the city of Washington, in honor of his centennial birthday, February 22, 1832.]

WASHINGTON, therefore, could regard, and did regard, nothing as of paramount political interest, but the integrity of the Union itself. With a united government, well

administered, he saw we had nothing to fear; and without 5 it, nothing to hope. The sentiment is just, and its mo

mentous truth should solemnly impress the whole country. If we might regard our country as personated in the spirit of Washington, if we might consider him as representing

her, in her past renown, her present prosperity, and her 10 future career, and as in that character demanding of us all

to account for our conduct, as political men or as private citizens, how should he answer him who has ventured to talk of disunion and dismemberment ? Or how should he answer him who dwells perpetually on local interests, and fans every kindling flame of local prejudice ? How should

he answer him who would array state against state, interest against interest, and party against party, careless of the continuance of that unity of government which constitutes

us one people ? 5 Gentlemen, the political prosperity which this country

has attained, and which it now enjoys, it has acquired mainly through the instrumentality of the present government. While this agent continues, the capacity of attain

ing to still higher degrees of prosperity exists also. We 10 have, while this lasts, a political life capable of beneficial

exertion, with power to resist or overcome misfortunes, to sustain us against the ordinary accidents of human affairs, and to promote, by active efforts, every public interest.

But dismemberment strikes at the very being which pre15 serves these faculties. It would lay its rude and ruthless

hand on this great agent itself. It would sweep away, not only what we possess, but all power of regaining lost, or acquiring new, possessions. It would leave the country, not only bereft of its prosperity and happiness, but without limbs, or organs, or faculties, by which to exert itself hereafter in the pursuit of that prosperity and happiness.

Other misfortunes may be borne, or their effects overcome. If disastrous war should sweep our commerce from 25 the ocean, another generation may renew it; if it exhaust

our treasury, future industry may replenish it; if it desolate and lay waste our fields, still, under a new cultivation, they will grow green again, and ripen to future har

vests. It were but a trifle even if the walls of yonder 30 Capitol were to crumble, if its lofty pillars should fall, and

its gorgeous decorations be all covered by the dust of the valley.

All these might be rebuilt. But who shall reconstruct the fabric of demolished government ? Who shall reai 35 again the well proportioned columns of constitutional liberty? Who shall frame together the skilful architecture

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