George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Sheridan, 22 August 1783

22 August 1783

Worthy Sir

While the publick testify their Sentiments on your Arrival please to admit a private (but indigent) Character to address You in what he thinks will be agreable to Your Virtues the Wishes that the following Composition may be followed—’tis Extempore [Since] the firing of the first Gun this day, and with more propriety may be sung to the Tune of Smile America—than—Smile Brittania, Please to Imagine the Goddess of Liberty invoking her Subjects—Vizt.

Jno. Sheridan

Begin the Tunefull Song

Now Liberty’s theme

Let Hills and Dales prolong

The ever Joyfull Strain

In Joyfull Strains each Voice should be

To Freedoms Sons and Liberty


No people Eer was blesd

with such a Glorious Name

The Events of our Contest

Yields Freemen lasting Fame

In the Rolls of Fame our Names shall be

Fair Freedoms Sons on Liberty


Her flag fair Freedom Waves

Speaks distant Nations round

Ye Virtuous be not Slaves

But haste where Freedoms found

From Tyrannick oppression flee

To Freedoms Sons and Liberty


Oer my Extensive plains

Plenty and peace presides

Virtue and Friendship Reigns

And happiness Resides

From Freedoms Sons this Land shall be

named the Land of Liberty


Science and Arts abound

Here learned Genious Rise

Here every Virtue’s found

That real worth implies

Virtue and Learning improved shall be

practised by the Sons of Liberty


Hence Commerce Spreads her sails

And Coasts to Foreign Lands

Whose produce friendly Gales

Waft to our Native Strands

The produce of every clime shall be

Among the Sons of Liberty

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