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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Washington’s Monument
 
FOR him who sought his country’s good
In plains of war, mid scenes of blood;
Who, in the dubious battle’s fray,
Spent the warm noon of life’s bright day,
That to a world he might secure        5
Rights that forever shall endure,
  Rear the monument of fame!
  Deathless is the hero’s name.
 
For him, who, when the war was done,
And victory sure, and freedom won,        10
Left glory’s theatre, the field,
The olive branch of peace to wield;
And proved, when at the helm of state,
Though great in war, in peace as great;
  Rear the monument of fame!        15
  Deathless is the hero’s name.
 
For him, whose worth, though unexpress’d,
Lives cherish’d in each freeman’s breast,
Whose name, to patriot souls so dear,
Time’s latest children shall revere,        20
Whose brave achievements praised shall be,
While beats one breast for liberty;
  Rear the monument of fame!
  Deathless is the hero’s name!
 
But why for him vain marbles raise?        25
Can the cold sculpture speak his praise?
Illustrious shade! we can proclaim
Our gratitude, but not thy fame.
Long as Columbia shall be free,
She lives a monument of thee:        30
  And may she ever rise in fame,
  To honour thy immortal name!
 
 
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