George Washington Papers

Poetry, 1749–1750



From your bright sparkling Eyes, I was undone;

Rays, you have, more transparent than the sun,

Amidst its glory in the rising Day,

None can you equal in your bright arrays;

Constant in your calm and unspotted Mind;

Equal to all, but will to none Prove kind,

So knowing, seldom one so Young, you’l Find.

Ah! woe’s me, that I should Love and conceal,

Long have I wish’d, but never dare reveal,

Even though severely Loves Pains I feel;

Xerxes that great, was’t free from Cupids Dart,

And all the greatest Heroes, felt the smart.





AD, DLC:GW. For background on this document, see the editorial note to GW to Ann Washington, Sept.–Nov. 1749. No evidence has been found that GW composed this work. This is an acrostic for Frances Alexander.

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