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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Solomon of the West
Tune—“Washington’s March”

COLUMBIA devotes to her favourite son
The laurels his noble achievements have won:
His valour, heroic, in Liberty’s cause,
Maintaining her rights and supporting her laws.
          No self-adulation,        5
          No vain ostentation,
          Nor foul declamation
            Polluted his tongue:
          But justice and truth
          Were the guides of his youth,        10
And his manhood evinced him the great Washington.
From the sheath of stern Justice he drew the red blade,
Her claims he enforced, and her mandate obey’d;
Whilst Liberty, smiling, embolden’d his heart
With fires patriotic, his foes felt the smart.        15
          The field of contention,
          Though vast in extension,
          Ne’er caused a declension
            In her free-born son:
          Her cause he espoused,        20
          At her name he was roused
With a zeal ever worthy the great Washington.
For the goddess he rear’d an invincible throne,
And defied haughty tyrants to trample it down:
The eagle then, towering, continued to soar,        25
Till she rivall’d those nations which awed her before.
          Here wisdom eternal
          Not feign’d nor diurnal,
          From Heaven was vernal,
            In our Solomon:        30
          Immortal his fame—
          Ever sacred his name:
His memory shall flourish—the great Washington!

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