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guided and governed by the knowledge you have been privileged here to acquire, as ever to display in your characters and lives an honest, virtuous, persevering integrity.
And now, at the moment of separation, permit me, in behalf of friends, teacher, and students, to speak to each, for each, the parting word, hoping that we all may be allowed to meet each other again, at last, in that better world, where partings are known no more. Farewell!
A CLOSING ADDRESS AT AN ACADEMY.
In view of circumstances peculiar to the closing of a term, I trust the audience will now bear with me while I may personally address those who, as teachers and students, are most deeply interested in the work of this institution.
And first, to you, our beloved Principal, whose labors have so abundantly blessed this band of happy youth, whose watchful supervision and constant concern for our welfare have ever attested the purity and disinterestedness of your motives,— to you, in behalf of my fellow students, would I render expressions of sincere and heartfelt gratitude. Well do we know the trials and discouragements which have attended you, and we should do you injustice not to confess our inability to reward your zeal. Your reward is higher and more noble than we, or the world, can give. Heaven and an approving conscience do alone bear to you a worthy recompense. Time may hurry us on, until the veil of the past shall interpose obscurity between memory and the scenes of youth, but God forbid that we may ever forget you, or cease to bind to our hearts your cherished name, your pure example and wise instructions. May the blessing of Heaven ever rest upon you. Accept, we pray, these expressions of regard, as the sincere and grateful tribute of many overflowing hearts.
And to you, whose labors have lightened the cares of our worthy Principal, and heightened the joys of our intercourse with one another, we extend the affectionate congratulations of a friendship which we trust will continue to glow within our hearts while life and the recollections of the past remain.
And, also, to you,† whose task has been to cheer and enliven by the tuneful art, as well as to assist in the various *The Assistant.
The Teacher of Music.
duties of the term, do we proffer our heartfelt testimonials of sincere regard. May your skilful hand continue to produce sweet melody, and your voice lend the soul-stirring enchantment of song, until you shall be called to join that angelic choir, whose fingers "sweep the golden wires" of celestial harps in the glory of Paradise.
Fellow Students, — what can I say to you? Our past intercourse speaks volumes to my heart. Age may silver my now youthful locks; time may waft its changes by; yet never shall I forget this affectionate group, and their happy union for the noble purpose of mutual improvement. As brothers and as sisters would I speak to you. Well do you know your responsibilities. I need urge nothing upon your attention in regard to the various duties which the world will expect you to perform as you go forth into its busy scenes. Your actions have already spoken, and announced the spirit of a noble determination. Go on, persevering in hope, and a crown of honor awaits you.
And now the hour of separation has come, what thoughts crowd in succession through our minds? We think of the term that has passed away; of the enjoyments it has brought us; of the social festivals it yielded; and all seems delightful to dwell upon. But, alas! the pang of separation dissolves the enchanting spell, and we look forth into the bosom of the dark, uncertain future!
For the last time we have assembled. Never shall we all again unite upon earth, an unbroken band, to enjoy the bliss of a union like that which is now being dissolved. We go forth to our scattered homes, many of us never again to visit this lovely spot; while some, perhaps, may slumber in the silence of the grave before the return of another occasion like this. But though we may no more meet together on earth, may we be permitted again to meet in heaven, and there enjoy together union, and peace, and love forever.
My duty is now done. Friends, teachers, and students, may God bless you all. FAREWELL!
A CLOSING ADDRESS FOR EXAMINATION DAY.
J. C. PORTER.
INDULGENT FRIENDS, you now have heard us through,
The closing hour of school has come at last;
It seems, I know, a dream of sportive plays,
Teacher, our grateful thanks to you we give,-
Gay, happy band, our feelings who can tell,
Teacher and friends, and pleasant classmates too,
C. D. STUART.
DEAR FRIENDS AND PARENTS! 'neath whose cheering smile
Has been assigned to speak, with swelling heart,
Your kind applause—and have we strove in vain?
What more than please has mortal ever done?
When o'er the past our memory's feet shall stray;
And we, recalling from its treasures dear,
May gentle flowers bloom lightly where you tread,
A CLOSING ADDRESS AT A REPEATED EXHIBITION.
J. G. ADAMS.
INDULGENT FRIENDS! once more we close
A pleasant exhibition
This evening doubly pleasant made,
It tells us that our efforts here
It tells us that the truth well said, -
To those who seek for sense, not sound,
We'll think of this! A thought sublime
Comes in the contemplation
Of truth here uttered-who can tell
Oh! truth repeated! 'Tis a song
And all the stars, are singing!
Heard in each breeze that sweeps the land,
A handsome silver pitcher was presented to Mr. Cumston,* late Principal of the North Phillips School, by the pupils, on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 22d, 1848. Master John L. Hunt performed the ceremony of presentation, in the use of the subjoined speech: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, and MR. CUмSTON, our late most respected and beloved teacher:
The pupils of the Phillips School, my brother scholars, have requested me, in their behalf, to present to you this token of their lasting friendship, esteem and love.
You have been to them, sir, not only the patient, able, and successful teacher, but the kind friend, the cheering guide; and they will recollect you, not only while they have minds to educate, but hearts to feel.
Their unfeigned regret at parting with you, you must have seen and felt; indeed, you shared the same feelings with us all. You were one of us, and among us; and such a loss we doubly feel. It is a vacancy which will not, alas! be filled.
We were desirous, sir, after you had gone from among us, to manifest, in some enduring form, the feelings which had connected us so pleasantly together; to again see you among
* Now a teacher in the English High School, Boston.