Washington. On Huntington's picture of Washington crossing the Alleghany in early life

        More proudly on thy winding course,
            Dark Alleghany! flow;
        The noblest burden thou couldst bear
            Is on thy waters now.
        But calm be every turbid wave,
            And hushed be wind and storm:
        There lies a Nation's destiny
            Within that gallant form.
        A spirit that shall stem a tide
            More deep and dark than thine;
        That on a night of War shall bid
            The star of Victory shine.
        A spirit that through coming time
            Shall bear a hallowed name;
        The glory of old conquerors
            Shall pale before his fame.
        And young Ambition on his course
            Shall turn his eagle eye;
        And men invoke his sainted shade
            In threat'ning anarchy.
        No baleful meteor shall he be,
            To dazzle from afar;
        But in the firmament of Fame
            A fixed, a polar star!

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.