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In Commemoration Of The Millenary Anniversary Of The Death Of King Alfred The Great: November 12, 1901
by Various
Binding: Paperback, 72 pages
Publisher: Nag Press
Weight: 0.22 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.5 x W: 0.48 inches
ISBN 10: 1408623013
ISBN 13: 9781408623015
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In Commemoration of the Millenary Anniversary of the Death of King Alfred the Great, November 12, 1901 KING ALFRED MEMORIAL OPENING ADDRESS BY HON. JAMES PHINNEY BAXTER, PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY It has been the practice from the earliest times for civilized peoples to publicly commemorate important episodes in the lives of those who have made themselves conspicuous by eat achievements, not alone for the purpose of showing reverence for the mighty dead, but for the loftier one of keeping bright the memory of virtues worthy to be emulated by the living. It is in accordance with this practice that we have assembled to celebrate the nativity of a man so grand, that the memory of what he wrought for a great race from whose loins we sprang, has survived the mirk and moil of a thousand years. A thousand years How fared the world in that, remote day when Alfred, the anniversary of whose death we commemorate, opened his eyes upon it Surely it was not the world upon wllich we look to day. Then, the activities of men were universally devoted to war, and an able warrior stood for the highest type of manhood. Race strove with race and tribe with tribe marring the face of nature with carnage and desolation. To wrest their dearest possessions from alien eoplesa nd devote them to servitude and sorrow, was a meritorious achievement worthy the meed of poetic eulogy, and the precious crown of heroic virtue. At the time of Alfreds birth, the little island of England was divided into petty principalities governed by rulers, who were jealous of each other, and who acted together against the common enemy, the Danes, only as their selfish interests dictated. These fierce sea rovers made annual incursions into the country, first despoiling the sea coast toms and then ascending the water ways into the interior, ravaging and slaying as they went. There was no part of England which was not kept in continual alarm by these raids of a cruel and implacable enemy, whose sudden appearance in unexpected places, prevented the people from making common cause against them, as they dared not leave their o vn settlements unprotected. Emboldened by success, these marauders swarmed together and established themselves permanently on the soil, which enabled them more successfully to prosecute their designs. Continual warfare and slaughter was the result, and for a long time it seemed that the English people were doomed to destruction. In this condition of affairs the childhood and youth of Alfred were passed. Brave, prudent and sincere, he was the favorite of all. Says Asser, his friend and biographer, Beloved was he by both father and mother alike with a great affection beyond all his brothers yea, the very darling of all. It was in the kings court that he was brought up. As he grew both in childhood and boyhood, so showed he ever fairer than his brethren, and, in looks and words and ways, the lovesomest. Above all, from his very cradle and through all the distractions of this present life, his own noble temper and his high birth absorbed in him a longing after wisdom. When his father and three brothers had died after enjoying brief reigns, the last having been slain in battle, the advent of Alfred to the throne revived in the hearts of the English people a hope of deliverance from their pitiless oppressors. Though often reduced to almost hopeless conditions, his confidence in achieving success never waned, and overcoming all obstacles he finally conquered the Danes, established order and placed England in a position of security not hitherto enjoyed. This alone would have entitled him to the term great, but it satisfied only a part of the worthy ambition which he cherished...


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