I dream that music would be put to exalted words by or about beau ideals to regenerate interest in their principles. I conceptualized The Pursuit of Happiness Album. This is the 6th song:
George Washington Found it Abhorrent to be King
George Washington led the brave Continental Army
Through eight years of war, privations aplenty.
He inspired a ragtag army, a fragile nation
Amid the threats of failure and disintegration.
At the war's end in 1783, he took affront
When asked to be king, to wear a crown.
George Washington replied, “Abhorrent!” Power-lust is for little fiends.
A moral man does not rule, nor can he be ruled by men.
Rejecting power, George Washington resigned his commission.
On Mount Vernon, the General retired to his plantation.
An incredulous King George III remarked, greatly awed,
“If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”
The Electoral College elected General George Washington
Unanimously in 1789, and again in the 1792 election.
The only president to get 100% of electoral votes, he refused a third term
"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
Thomas Jefferson honored George Washington:
“The moderation and virtue of a single character
Probably prevented this Revolution from being closed,
As most others have been, by a subversion
Of that liberty it was intended to establish.”
"His mind was great and powerful...
His integrity was most pure,
His justice the most inflexible I have ever known…
He was, indeed, in every sense of the words,
A wise, a good, and a great man....
The best horseman of his age,
And the most graceful figure
That could be seen on horseback....
On the whole, his character was, in its mass, perfect…
Never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a man great,
And to place him in the same constellation with whatever worthies
Have merited from man an everlasting remembrance...."
“I served with General Washington
In the legislature of Virginia, before the revolution,
And, during it, with Dr. Franklin in Congress.
I never heard either of them speak ten minutes at a time,
Nor to any but the main point, which was to decide the question.
They laid their shoulders to the great points,
Knowing that the little ones would follow of themselves.”
On the one hundred and tenth anniversary
Of the birthday of George Washington,
The man who found it abhorrent to be king,
Was reverently exalted by Abraham Lincoln.
“Washington is the mightiest name on Earth —
Long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty;
Still mightiest in moral reformation.
On that name a eulogy is expected.
It cannot be.
To add brightness to the sun
Or glory to the name of Washington
Is alike impossible. Let none attempt it.
In solemn awe pronounce the name
And in its naked, deathless splendor
Leave it shining on."