George WashingtonBorn February 22, 1732
A divinely-inspired dream, daring and desperate;
A surprise that made history.
A farmer's son founds the New World.
"Inferior endowment from nature," he thought himself.
But the Divine made him His efficient instrument.
High character and majestic will powerfully blended
With courage and capacity,
Stood forth the Man of the Hour,
The Man of Destiny, the Man of God,
And from his mighty dream mightily
Executed burst forth a new free world,
Destined to be the hope and defence of more
Free worlds to be.
Victory in the War of Independence —
England lost to her own offspring,
Now a powerful foe;
England won for herself a mightier friend.
A new era heralded,
A new shattering blow struck
At man's domination over man —
Independence the first step to unity —
And unity, one Truth of God.
George Washington, first to embody America's hope,
First in inspiration, first in confidence, first in war,
First in victory,
First in conquering the heart of his Nation,
First to envisage a federation of states,
Single, powerful, united, whole.