Excerpt from An Oration: Delivered on the Fourth of July, 1820, Before the Cincinnati and Revolution Societies Time exercises the same influence over great events, which artificial opacity does upon the sun. It mellows their light, and enables the contemplative observer to take a more steadfast view, without being dazzled or deceived by the glare of their brilliancy. It is only after a lapse of time, when consequences are developed, and principles tried by practice, that we can safely exult in the magnificence of a scene, or lawfully shudder at the danger it involved. In the storm, which produced such events, the faculties are lost in confusion, and even the soft agitations of the ensuing calm bedim discovery's bright eye, and give instability to the conclusions of reason. But the danger of receding too far from the origin of events, is, that their magnitude may be lost in the crepuscular obscurity of distance, and their heaven-born influence fall but faintly on the heart, or feebly man the soul. To awaken the feeling of patriotism, which, in the halcyon days of peace, is apt to sleep in its embers, and to wake from the shade of time the slumbering genius of a nation, were national celebrations instituted. Long have they been the poet's sweetest song, the historians most pleasing theme. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.