Monday, February 10, 2014

"An Acrostic" by "A Lady" (1789)


W HERE is the man whose blooming laurels shine,

A nd form a wreath his temples to entwine?

S teady, yet active, thro' a gallant war,

H e rode victorious in the martial car:

I n council cool, determined, modest, wise;

N o guardless moment took him by surprise;

G reat were his dangers--thorny was his way,

T o reach the goal, where peace and glory lay--

O ppression fled, blest freedom NOW abides,

N or e'er shall roam while WASHINGTON presides

The Federal Herald [Lansingburgh, NY]. August 10, 1789

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