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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
The Relics of Washington
By Silas Sexton Steele (b. 1812)
Tune—“Meeting of the Waters”

WHERE thy bright wave, Potomac, by fair Vernon sweeps,
There, shrouded in glory, great Washington sleeps;
There the spirits of freedom exultingly roam,
Their blessings to breathe on the patriot’s tomb.
No proud marble rears its high crest o’er his dust,        5
For Glory’s hand lights up the grave of the just;
And the sun of his valour, which brighter still glows,
Shall hallow the spot where his relics repose.
While the genius of Freedom the earth shall illume,
His deeds shall light forth her brave sons to his tomb;        10
And his name’s hallow’d splendour a watchword shall be
For millions who yet shall resolve to be free.

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