Constitution Poem from 1784 Newspaper

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Constitution Poem from 1784 Newspaper
 - .6w THE C O N S T I OF THE U N I TED S T A.T E...
.6w THE C O N S T I OF THE U N I TED S T A.T E M O S T human forms of government' . made . ' · · . . . - , : For low ambition's more than virtue's *ld * Some barb'rous warrior, banning to a throne, And deeming what he conqucr'd all his own, tfcvifd a fort of.iawj lor ruling men, . · ·I nai fuu the /avagc mongers of the den Laws, that were made a tyrant to fccure, The cobwebs of the rich to catch the poor. ; PUT now,' behold, a fct of newborn (xT? c !. r wcftcrn ?* 0fe lhc vaft Atlantic beau) vvhofc conftituiions have no other plan, Noraim than this, the happinefi of man. WHILE. wonder at thefelegiflators grew, IMkd, whence they their infliiuuons drew ? Whcnco they had leirn'd (6 happily to join The goad of many with the good of on« And Jcarn'd to, make rough rigor aclits part, Yet, fpare the finer feeling* of the heart } Deeming no ruler f a i t h f u l to his truft, Who is not generoui as well as juft ! PERHAPS their wifdom's borrow'd froin"thd · itorc, Of civil policy in ancient lore ; ' ' '· Y'om HIM» who knew to form a Warlike Ur ipipw «ho excell'd in am of peace : perhaps they've cull'd 'from ftates of modern Whatc er was btft and moft defcrving rcrhtyi," in fine, they've fearch'd .Utopean fchemes, ' . From : Grecian · Pi.Ato's d o w n , to St;£H were my thought!, a$ n? the clofe of T hrough a ftquefter'd vale 1 look my way A form, furroundcd'with an heavenly light, Of mein maiertic, bur'ft upon my fight : rvrat LIBERTY :'in all her fttps were The Jove ot human kind glow'd in her face: ; £xtcnflvc Knowledge ii her faithful guide, " And , v i r t u e walks forever at her fide ^ her a ffowing fea-grccn robe is worn, VVhirh -rrveri, woods, acd ; thirteen ftripc* adorn. ' Tiii heavenly power approach'd, and filcncc ,-^bkoke.: ___ ,... _____ , . ' Thcfe-'wordi, or wordi like tlwfe,,werc what fp"kc i ·'··· ' · ' , . ' · ' " ' ' " 'TWAs'not from hlffory, nor from artcicnt ,·'... ·. Jays , c Nor from the polh'rci of modern dayr, " Thefe ^coufluurioni were,, deriy'il, "they're ' "' Frani'd to fecurd and; to cjfcnd my .reign :' Jo.crufh forever farce opprclfion's might, And feeble injur'd innocence, to right ; To rajfc poor induflry whtrc'cr'me lay, Hrneaih jomc grca» or little tyrant's (Way ; And-make her view With a triuniphanrfinile, .The .fruits '(how (air the fight !) of all her toil :· ' - ' · To dq what legifhtion can \ core r he various iili that h u m a n hearts Thofc ro- reward who in the arts cjtccf, And cv'n the wcakcfi who endeavor, well: To chcrifh, in religion'. ^uth alone, Vet leave the faith of ciirzcns xhcir own.** 1 tht Spartan .Law givn't . paper "^~

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  1. Newport Mercury,
  2. 10 Jan 1784, Sat,
  3. Page 11

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