The Whole Truth
George Washington, The Revolution is Not
Because the Truth Hurts
"Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth" – George Washington, 2 July 1776
Born: May 27, 1819, New York, New York.
Died: October 17, 1910, Middletown, Rhode Island.
Buried: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I awoke in the grey of the morning, and as I lay waiting for dawn, the long lines of the desired poem began to entwine themselves in my mind, and I said to myself, “I must get up and write these verses, lest I fall asleep and forget them!” So I sprang out of bed and in the dimness found an old stump of a pen, which I remembered using the day before. I scrawled the verses almost without looking at the paper.
The hymn appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862. It was sung at the funeral of the American senator Robert Kennedy.
Music: “John Brown’s Body,” possibly by John William Steffe. John Brown was an American abolitionist who led a short lived insurrection to free the slaves.
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Mine eyes have
seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
I have seen Him
in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
I have read a
fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
He has sounded
forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
In the beauty of
the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
He is coming like
the glory of the morning on the wave,
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