20 August 1789
Philadelphia Federal Gazette
The Translation, by a Gentleman of Philadelphia.
General! immortaliz'd by virtuous
England's brave foe! to France
how dear thy name!
O'er our young Senate hasten to preside;
Rule a glad land; our Saviour and our
Govern by law; and shew admiring men
(Envy may howl) OUR noblest citizen.
Wise, valiant! may thy name still brighter
And make mankind to worth and virtue bow;
Steady in justice to thyself and friends;
Happy that people, which thy worth commends.
Instruction shall descend from sires to
No name so great, so dear, as Washington's.
Generous and just! we dread from thee no
Thy gallant deeds have silenc'd Envy's tongue.
O! to the warrior's add the statesman's
Nor scorn once more a drooping land to raise.
A bard, beyond the mountains, with firm toil,
Who near Ohio cultivates his soil,
Sends thee those verses, which thy deeds relate;
How small his talents! but the theme how great!
Unfavor'd by the nine his youth he past;
These his first rhymes, and these perhaps his last.
Hear the glad wish, which animates this line;
Be thou the people's shield!--and virtue thine!