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In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
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GUELPH, noun The Guelfs, so called from the name of a family, composed a faction formerly in Italy, opposed to the Gibelines.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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WAKE, v.i. [G. The primary sense is to stir, to rouse, to excite.]

1. To be awake; to continue awake; to watch; not to sleep. Psalm 127.

The father waketh for the daughter.

Though wisdom wakes, suspicion sleeps.

I cannot think any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it.

2. To be excited or roused from sleep; to awake; to be awakened. He wakes at the slightest noise.

3. To cease to sleep; to awake.

4. To be quick; to be alive or active.

5. To be excited from a torpid state; to be put in motion. The dormant powers of nature wake from their frosty slumbers.

Gentle airs to fan the earth now wakd.

WAKE, v.t.

1. To rouse from sleep.

The angel that talked with me, came again and waked me. Zechariah 4.

2. To arouse; to excite; to put in motion or action.

Prepare war, wake up the mighty men. Joel 3.

[The use of up is common, but not necessary.]

To wake the soul by tender strokes of art.

3. To bring to life again, as if from the sleep of death.

To second life wakd in the renovation of the just.

WAKE, n.

1. The feast of the dedication of the church, formerly kept by watching all night.

2. Vigils; state of forbearing sleep.

--Their merry wakes and pastimes keep.

3. Act of waking. [Old song.]

Wake of a ship, the track it leaves in the water, formed by the meeting of the water, which rushes from each side to fill the space which the ship makes in passing through it.

To be in the wake of a ship, is to be in her track, or in a line with her keel.

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