Monticello, September 12th. 1805
On hearing of the Victory which
produced the Peace with Tripoli.
addressed to the President.
While Victory sounds the Trump of Fame,
To spread the Tydings o’er our Land.
And Thousands join in glad acclaim
To hail the patriotic Band;
Whose Souls undaunted, Danger braved,
To set the mourning Captives free;
While high Columbia’s Standard waved
The Symbol bright of Liberty:
To Thee exulting Friendship turns,
Blest Cause of All! immortal Man!
For Thee the blaze of Glory burns,
Whose Mind exhaustless form’d the Plan!
Oh! skill’d alike the Helm to guide,
And all a Nation’s Cares sustain;
Or, o’er the beamed Train preside
Where Science rears her sacred Fane;
Or in the calm Domestic Scene,
With every mild endearing art
Preserving still the happy mean,
Attractive draw each feeling heart!
Splendid shallt Thou superior rise,
No envious Mist thy Glory shade;
A grateful World thy Virtues prize,
’Till Time and Memory shall fade!
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.