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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
December 4
On Washington’s Farewell Address
By St. John Honeywood (1763–1798)
 
Dec. 4, 1783
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BEHOLD the man! ye crowned and ermined train,
And learn from him the royal art to reign;
No guards surround him, or his walks infest,
No cuirass meanly shields his noble breast;
His the defence which despots ne’er can find,        5
The love, the prayers, the interest of mankind.
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Illustrious man, adieu! yet ere we part,
Forgive our factions which have wrung our heart;
Still with indulgent eyes thy country see,
Whose ceaseless prayers ascend to heaven for thee;        10
Go, midst the shades of tranquil Vernon stray,
In vain attempt to shun the piercing ray
Of circumambient glory, till refined
All that could clog to earth the heaven-lent mind,
Then sour triumphant to the blest abodes,        15
And join those chiefs whom virtue raised to gods.
 
 
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