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George Washington
by James Russell Lowell

George Washington
by James Russell Lowell

Soldier and statesman, rarest unison; 
High-poised example of great duties done 
Simply as breathing, a world's honors worn 
As life's indifferent gifts to all men born; 
Dumb for himself, unless it were to God, 
But for his barefoot soldiers eloquent, 
Tramping the snow to coral where they trod, 
Held by his awe in hollow-eyed content; 
Modest, yet firm as Nature's self; unblamed 
Save by the men his nobler temper shamed; 
Never seduced through show of present good 
By other than unsetting lights to steer 
New-trimmed in Heaven, nor than his steadfast mood 
More steadfast, far from rashness as from fear, 
Rigid, but with himself first, grasping still 
In swerveless poise the wave-beat helm of will; 
Not honored then or now because he wooed 
The popular voice, but that he still withstood; 
Broad-minded, higher-souled, there is but one 
Who was all this and ours, and all men's - Washington 

George Washington
by James Russell Lowell

 


George Washington by James Russell Lowell

 

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