THE power which retains the bright spheres in their orbs,
And a planet well known to us all;
The towering mount where the Gods did convene,
When summon'd by Jupiter's call.
A meteor produc'd by refraction of light,
The country for orators fam'd;
The city where stood the magnificent pile
Which Herostatus madly inflam'd.
A general, who fell at the siege of Quebec,
And the ship that bold Jason convey'd;
A species of verse, by the ancients much us'd,
First compos'd by the Lesbian maid.
An hero of Troy, for his valour renown'd;
The isle where Ulysses had birth;
The patriarch who sail'd on the face of the deep
When the waters had delug'd the earth.
The place where 'tis said that bright Phoebus stood still
When the armies of Israel prevail'd,
And the straits where the valiant Leonidas fought
When the forces of Persia assail'd.
The musician of old, who went down to the shades,
And by music the furies restrain'd,
And the man, who new regions of science explor'd,
And the palm of philosophy gain'd.
The initials of these, if in order conjoin'd,
The name of a HERO will give,
Whose virtues Columbian's will ever extoll,
Whose praises for ever shall live.
New-York, April 16, 1791.