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Ges. Take it as it is :
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,
Ges. Well : choose thyself.
VERNER. [Rushing forward.] Here, Tell.
Tell. I thank thee, Verner!
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
Set on the tyrant's banner! Verner! Verner! 26 The boy ! — the boy! Thinkest thou he hath the courage
To stand it?
VER. I am.
VER. Clear and smilingly:
To hear it is enough.
VER. He bears himself so much above his years -
VER And looks with such relying love And reverence upon you —
TELL. Man! Man! Man!
I would be flint — flint - flint. Don't make me feel.
Set him upon his knees — and place this apple
Thus, Verner; charge him to keep steady - tell him
[Leading him out. 15 ALB. May I not speak with him before I go?
ALB. I must! - I cannot go from him without 20 VER. It is his will you should.
ALB. His will, is it?
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 -
[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.
TELL. Is it so you pick an arrow, friend ?
GES. Let him have another.
But yet not good enough for such an aim
A dove like that. —
Ges. It matters not.
[Tell here hides an arrow under his vest.] 15 VER. He is.
TELL. I'm ready, too! Keep silent for
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.
[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.
GES. I do.
[Crossing angrily behind.] ALB. Thank Heaven ! — thank Heaven!
VER. Open his vest,
[Albert opens his father's vest, and the arrow drops.
Tell starts, fixes his eye on Albert, and clasps him
to his breast.]
TELL. To kill thee, tyrant, had I slain my boy!
C. -LOSS OF UNION IRREPARABLE.
(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