AFRICA AND AMERICA.
open heavens of sentiment and love, they "breathed
empyreal air, sons of the morning."
How much of tearful agony, and ofttimes, of vicari¬
ous suffering is associated with the names of those
glorious men, who for the vindication of Truth—for the
advancement of Science—and for JESUS' SAKE, were
baptized with afflictions and agonies, even to the death !
What tales the old grim Castles, the dark Dungeons,
the Gibbet, the Battlefield, the Stake, the Cross—could
tell, of suffering and of woe, aye, and of steadfastness
and of patient endurance too, exhibited by those lofty
creatures of human mould: martyrs of Science—
martyrs of Goodness, Truth and Love—GOSPEL MAR¬
TYRS—martyrs of Human Rights, and of Political Free¬
dom ! Socrates, Galileo, Kepler, Tell and Wenkelried,
Wallace, Sidney and Hampden, and above all, the
Prophets, the Apostles, the Primitive Christians, and
And these too, were the HEROES of the olden time,
and of our more modern world—who trod earth with a
loftier mein and carriage than the lowlier humbler sort
of men—who performed wondrous deeds—"who through
faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, ob¬
tained promises, stopped the mouths of lions!"
They were Prophets too, each in his own lot:—the
men, who, while they enacted the wondrous in their
own times, for their own day and generation, worked
also for the future. Such a one was Galileo, who ex¬
ploded the errors of preceding generations, and revealed
the phenomena of the heavens with exactitude and pre-