Washington's Birthday

All honor to that day which long agoGave birth to him who Freedom's cause espoused;Who, by his ardor in the sacred fight,The fire and strength of patriots aroused;Who knew no master, save that One divineWhose strength was his, who knew no fear, save one—The fear of doing wrong! All hail the dayThat gave to Freedom's cause George Washington!

Years come and go, and generations fallInto the dust. The world its heroes gives.They step upon the stage, then pass awayAnd are no more, but Freedom ever lives.And while it lives, and while its banner brightIs upward flung into the golden sun,Within the heart of every freeman's childWill live that honored name, George Washington.

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