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MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY. In the year 1831, flip Massachusetts
Horticultural Society, of which Joseph Story, the late eminent
jurist, was president, obtained from the legislature of the state
an act authorizing them "to dedicate and appropriate" any part of
the real estate then owned or to be afterwards purchased by them, "
as and for n rural cemetery or burying ground." The ground selected
for the purpose is the present Cemetery, enlarged by successive
purchases to 135 acres. It was named, from its principal eminence,
Mount Auburn, which is one hundred and twenty-five feet above the
level of Charles Hiver. A tower, sixty feet high, has since been
erected on this mount, from the top of which can be obtained one of
the finest prospects in the environs of Boston. The grounds were
consecrated on the 24th of September, 1831. A temporary
amphitheatre was erected in a part of the grounds called "
Consecration Dell," a deep, picturesque valley, with a platform for
the speakers at the bottom. The services consisted of instrumental
music; an introductory prayer, by the Kcv. Henry Ware, Jr.; an
original hymn, by the Kcv. John 1'ierponf, sung by the audience; an
address, by Judge Story; and a concluding prayer, by Mr. Pierpont.
The following is the hymn written by the latter: ? " To Ihee, ()
(iod, in limnldr trust, Our hearts Ihfir cheerful incense hum, For
this thy word, Thmi art of dust/ And unto dust shall thon return. "
And what vcro life, life's work all dono, The hope, joys, loves,
Hint cling to clay? All, all departed, ono hy one, And yot IHb's
load homo on for aye! u Decay ! decay ! 'tis stamped on all; All
hlooin in flower and ttesh shall fade; Ye whispering trees, when ye
shall fall. He our long sleep honcath your shade! " Here to thy
hosoni, Mother Ea...
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