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Saladin, Assemble quickly
Malek Adhel. Now, Saladin,
Saladin. Speak, then; but ask thyself if thou hast reason To look for much indulgence here.
Malek Adhel. I have not! Yet will I ask for it. We part forever ; This is our last farewell; the king is satisfied ; The judge has spoke the irrevocable sentence. None sees, none hears, save that omniscient Power, Which, trust me, will not frown to look upon Two brothers part like such. When, in the face Of forces once my own, I'm led to death. Then be thine eye unmoisten'd; let thy voice Then speak my doom untrembling; then, Unmoved, behold this stiff and blacken'd corse. But now I ask,—nay, turn not, Saladin ! I ask one single pressure of thy hand; From that stern eye, one solitary tear,Oh, torturing recollection one kind word From the loved tongue which once breathed naught but kindness. Still silent ? Brother! friend ! beloved companion Of all my youthful sports !-are they forgotten? Strike me with deafness, make me blind, o Heaven ! Let me not see this unforgiving man Smile at my agonies ! nor hear that voice Pronounce my doom, which would not say one word,
One little word, whose cherish'd memory
Saladin. [Seizing his hand.] Brother! brother!
Malek Adhel. [Breaking away.] Now call thy followers
Saladin. Oh, art thou ready to forgive, my brother?
Malek Adhel. Oh, stay thee, Saladin !
Saladin. Thou shalt not. [Enter Attendant.]
Attendant. My lord, the troops, assembled by your order,
Malek Adhel. Oh, faithful friends! [To Attendant.] Thine shalt.
Attendant. Mine? Never!
Saladin. They teach the Emperor his duty well.
Attendant. Oh, joyful news!
Saladin. These men, the meanest in society,
The outcasts of the earth,—by war, by nature
Malek Adhel. By these tears, I can!
NECESSITY OF MILITARY POSTS TO PROTECT THE FRONTIERS
BY FISHER AMES.
1. If any, against all these proofs, should maintain that the peace with the Indians will be stable without the posts, to them I will urge another reply. From arguments calculated to produce conviction, I will appeal directly to the hearts of those who hear me, and ask whether it is not already planted there. I resort especially to the convictions of the Western gentlemen, whether, supposing no posts and no treaty, the settlers will remain in security. Can they take it upon them to say that an Indian peace, under these circumstances, will prove firm ? No, sir ! it will not be peace, but a sword; it will be no better than a lure to draw victims within the reach of the tomahawk.
2. On this theme my emotions are unutterable. If I could find words for them, if my powers bore any proportion to my zeal, I would swell my voice to such a note of remonstrance, it should reach every log-house beyond the mountains. I would say to the inhabitants, Wake from your false security! Your cruel dangers, your more cruel apprehensions, are soon to be renewed. The wounds, yet unhealed, are to be torn open again. In the daytime, your path through the woods will be ambushed; the darkness of midnight will glitter with the blaze of your dwellings. You are a father,-the blood of your sons shall fatten your cornfield. You are a mother,—the war-whoop shall wake the sleep of the cradle.
3. On this subject you need not suspect any deception on your feelings. It is a spectacle of horror, which cannot be overdrawn. If you have nature in your hearts, they will speak a language compared with which all I have said or can say will be poor and frigid.
4. Who will say that I exaggerate the tendencies of our measures? Will any one answer, by a sneer, that all this is idle preaching? Will any one deny that we are bound, and I would hope to good purpose, by the most solemn sanctions of duty, for the vote we give ? Are despots alone to be reproached for unfeeling indifference to the tears and blood of their subjects? Are republicans unresponsible ? Have the principles on which you ground the reproach upon cabinets and kings no practical influence, no binding force ? Are they merely themes of idle declamation, introduced to decorate the morality of a newspaper essay, or to furnish pretty topics of harangue from the windows of that State-House ? I trust it is neither too presumptuous nor too late to ask, Can you put the dearest interest of society at risk without guilt and without remorse?
5. It is vain to offer, as an excuse, that public men are not to be reproached for the evils that may happen to ensue from their measures. This is very true where they are unforeseen or in. evitable. Those I have depicted are not unforeseen; they are so far from inevitable, we are going to bring them into being by our vote. We choose the consequences, and become as justly answerable for them as for the measure that we know will produce them.
6. By rejecting the posts, we light the savage fires; we bind the victims. This day we undertake to render account to the
widows and orphans whom our decision will make. To the wretches that will be roasted at the stake; to our country; and, I do not deem it too serious to say, to conscience and to God, we are answerable; and, if duty be any thing more than a word of imposture, if conscience be not a bugbear, we are preparing to make ourselves as wretched as our country.
7. There is no mistake in this case; there can be none. Experience has already been the prophet of events, and the cries of Our future victims have already reached us. The Western inhabitants are not a silent and uncomplaining sacrifice. The voice of humanity issues from the shade of the wilderness. It exclaims, that, while one hand is held up to reject this treaty, the other grasps a tomahawk. It summons our imagination to scenes that will open. It is no great effort of the imagination to conceive that events so near are already begun. I can fancy that I listen to the yells of savage vengeance and the shrieks of torture! Already they seem to sigh in the western wind! Already they mingle with every echo from the mountains !
BY J. S. KNOWLES.
I hold to you the hands you first beheld,
Scaling yonder peak,