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are minded, also, to establish the idolatrous forms of English Episcopacy; so that, when Laud shall kiss the Pope's toe, as cardinal of Rome, he may deliver New England, bound hand and foot, into the power of his master!”
A deep groan from the auditors--a sound of wrath, as well as fear and sorrow-responded to this intelligence.
“Look ye to it, brethren,” resumed Endicott, with increasing energy. “If this king and this arch-prelate have their will, we shall briefly behold a cross on the spire of this tabernacle which we have builded, and a high altar within its walls, with wax tapers burning round it at noonday. We shall hear the sacring bell, and the voices of the Romish priests saying the mass. But think ye, Christian men, that these abominations may be suffered without a sword drawn? without a shot
а fired? without blood spilt, yea, on the very stairs of the pulpit? No—be ye strong of hand and stout of heart! Here we stand on our own soil, which we have bought with our goods, which we have won with our swords, which we have cleared with our axes, which we have tilled with the sweat of our brows, which we have sanctified with our prayers to the God that brought us hither! Who shall enslave us here? What have we to do with this mitred prelate—with this crowned king? What have we to do with England?”
Endicott gazed round at the excited countenances of the people, now full of his own spirit, and then turned suddenly to the standard-bearer, who stood close behind him.
“Officer, lower your banner!" said he.
The officer obeyed; and, brandishing his sword, Endicott thrust it through the cloth, and with his left hand rent the Red Cross completely out of the banner. He then waved the tattered ensign above his head.
“Sacrilegious wretch!” cried the high-churchman in the pillory, unable longer to restrain himself, “thou hast rejected the symbol of our holy religion!”
“Treason, treason!” roared the royalist in the stocks. "He hath defaced the King's banner!”
“Before God and man, I will avouch the deed,” answered Endicott. “Beat a flourish, drummer!—shout, soldiers and people!—in honor of the ensign of New England. Neither Pope nor Tyrant hath part in it now!"
With a cry of triumph, the people gave their sanction to one of the boldest exploits which our history records. And forever honored be the name of Endicott! We look back through the mist of ages, and recognize in the rending of the Red Cross from New England's banner the first omen of that deliverance which our fathers consummated after the bones of the stern Puritan had lain more than a century in the dust.
Other Works by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Fanshawe, 1828 Novel
CY1043) The Snow-Image and Other Twice-Told Tales, 1851 Stories The Blithedale Romance, 1852 Novel The Life of Franklin Pierce, 1852 Biography A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys, 1852 Stories Tanglewood Tales, 1853 Stories The Marble Faun, 1860 Novel (Signet Classic CW1084) Our Old Home, 1863 Novel The American Notebooks, 1868 The English Notebooks, 1870 French and Italian Notebooks, 1871
Selected Biography and Criticism Arvin, Newton. Hawthorne. Boston: Little, Brown and Com
pany, 1929. Fogle, Richard H. Hawthorne's Fiction: The Light and the
Dark. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1952. James, Henry. Hawthorne. Ithaca, N. Y.: Cornell University
Press, 1956. Levin, Harry. Power of Blackness: Hawthorne, Poe, Melville.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1958. Matthiessen, F. O. American Renaissance; Art and Expression
in the Age of Emerson and Whitman. New York and Lon
don: Oxford University Press, Inc., 1941. Stewart, Randall. Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Biography. New
Haven: Yale University Press, 1948. Van Doren, Mark. Nathaniel Hawthorne: A Critical Biogra
phy. New York: The Viking Press, Inc. (Compass Books),
1957. Waggoner, H. H. Hawthorne: A Critical Study. Cambridge,
Mass.: Harvard University Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1955.
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