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DEDICATION

OF THE

SOLDIERS' MONUMENT

AT

WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS,

JULY 15, A.D. 1874.

"Nemo parum diu vixit qui virtutis perfectae perfecto functus est munere."-CICERO
De Contemnenda Morte.

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'Sed quo sis . . . alacrior ad tutandum rem publicam, sic habeto: omnibus qui
patriam conservarint, adjuverint, auxerint, certum esse in caelo ac definitum locum ubi beati
aevo sempiterno fruuntur." - IDEM: Somnium Scipionis.

Worcester:

PRINTED BY ORDER OF THE MONUMENT COMMITTEE.

MDCCCLXXV.

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DEDICATION.

THE formal exercises of the Dedication of the Monument began at one o'clock, P. M., on Wednesday, July 15, 1874. After a Voluntary by the Germania Band of Boston, prayer was offered by the Rev. WILLIAM R. HUNTINGTON, rector of All Saints' Church.

The Hon. BENJAMIN F. THOMAS, of Boston (a native of Worcester), read the following Ode, written by himself for the

occasion:

1.

For sternest work of duty done,

The martyr's crown in patience won,

The mount of passion calmly trod,

The fetters which their swords have riven,
The pledge of peace their blood hath given,
They shall be called the sons of God.

2.

Peacemakers they! the good and brave,
Who died discordant States to save
And lift unto a higher plane;

That morn, when Light her gates unbars,
Might hail the blessed Stripes and Stars
Without a rent, without a stain.

3.

They, as the prophet-soldier, rest:
No promised land their footsteps pressed;
Yet on their parting vision gleamed
Prospect of better day and clime,
The noblest of the births of time,
A nation from itself redeemed.

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