of The Armies of The United States of America,
Who paid the Great Debt of Nature,
The 14th. of December, 1799.
On Mount Vernon
Sol occubuit, nox nulla sequitur.
To Commemorate his virtues.
To hand down to Posterity,
The dignified Character
Their Exalted Chief,
And Officers of the Union Brigade,
With Solemn Minds,
With Mourning Souls,
At high noon;
A point of time,
The full Meridian of his
This 26th of December, 1799.
In the 24th year
The Independance of
When at Mount Vernon’s gently rising hill,
The fates declar’d The Great Creator’s will,
That Washington, should leave, This threaten’d shore,
And for his Country, Toil; and War no more;
His Country sigh’d, his Armies trembling stood,
The sad winds groan’d, Potowmac gush’d a flood
of saline tears, which swole the Atlantic wave,
And Nature mourn’d, around his hallow’d grave:
On drooping boughs, Heroes, their Armour hung,
Their hearts depress’d, their War-worn nerves unstrung,
Columbia’s genius bending o’er his bier
Breathes the sad Sigh, and drops the melting Tear.
Quis sustineat, a Lacrymis?
2. D, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.