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Ratification of the Constitution by the states. Microform supplement: Delaware
([1978])

Rodney, Thomas, 1744-1811
Thomas Rodney to John Parke, Poplar Grove, 22 November 1787,   pp. 177-185


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When Brittain late grown proud of Sway,
Devoted Fair America,
To Servile labour, bonds and Chains,
Or dreadful war, with all its pains,
Did not her sons, with one accord
Appeal to this alruling Lord
Refer the justice of their cause
To the decision of his Laws
And pray that he woud aid their [band?]
To save this once fair happy land?
When Washington on Delaware
Roll'd down his cheek the heavy Tear
Saw How Parade on T'other side
And nothing but the waves divide
While his own Troops, [or?] lost, as gone
Had almost left the Chief alone
And he coud see no sure defence
But that of a kind Providence
Did he not then With humble heart
To this Almighty Lord impart
The secret wishes of his Soul
Exciting his supreme controle


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