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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Daniel Webster. (1782–1852) (continued)
    When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union; on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent; on a land rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood.
          Second Speech on Foot’s Resolution, Jan. 26, 1830. P. 342.
    Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable.
          Second Speech on Foot’s Resolution, Jan. 26, 1830. P. 342.
    God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
          Speech, June 3, 1834. Vol. iv. p. 47.
    On this question of principle, while actual suffering was yet afar off, they [the Colonies] raised their flag against a power to which, for purposes of foreign conquest and subjugation, Rome in the height of her glory is not to be compared,—a power which has dotted over the surface of the whole globe with her possessions and military posts, whose morning drum-beat, following the sun, 1 and keeping company with the hours, circles the earth with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England. 2
          Speech, May 7, 1834. P. 110.
    Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.
          Speech, July 25 and 27, 1846. Vol. v. p. 187.
    I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American. 3
          Speech, July 17, 1850. P. 437.
    There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession.
          Argument on the Murder of Captain White, April 6, 1830. Vol. vi. p. 54.
Note 1.
See Scott, Quotation 79. [back]
Note 2.
The martial airs of England
Encircle still the earth.
Amelia B. Richards: The Martial Airs of England. [back]
Note 3.
See Patrick Henry, Quotation 2. [back]