Excerpt from The Yale Literary Magazine, Vol. 21: November, 1855
We have said it is an instinct of our nature to bury the dead out of our sight. Accordingly we find, even among the relics of barbarism, traces of sepulchral rites conjoined with sacred rituals. The first mani festations of art, the first outward expression of feeling, are found among these memorials of the departed. The rudest primeval tribes dis played their taste in selecting as burial-spots, places adorned by the handi work of nature, quiet groves, the banks of meandering streams, caverns, and grottos of the earth. In the wilds of America, where do we look for the cairn of the homeless Indian, more than in these spots, which the hand of art loves to desolate?
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