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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1848
AUTHOR:Stephen Vincent Benét (1898–1943)
QUOTATION:It’s a Story they tell in the border country, where Massachusetts joins Vermont and New Hampshire. Yes, Dan’l Webster’s dead—or, at least, they buried him.

  But every time there’s a thunderstorm around Marshfield, they say you can hear his rolling voice in the hollows of the sky. And they say that if you go to his grave and speak loud and clear, “Dan’l Webster—Dan’l Webster!” the ground’ll begin to shiver and the trees begin to shake. And after a while you’ll hear a deep voice saying, “Neighbor, how stands the Union?” Then you better answer the Union stands as she stood, rock-bottomed and copper-sheathed, one and indivisible, or he’s liable to rear right out of the ground. At least, that’s what I was told when I was a youngster.
ATTRIBUTION:STEPHEN VINCENT BENÉT, The Devil and Daniel Webster, pp. 13–14 (1937).
SUBJECTS:Union
 
 
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