New-York Magazine; or, Literary Repository
May, 1791, p.298
Solution to the Rebus
GRAVITATION's the power which acts on the spheres;
The Earth is a planet well known;
On Olympus's mount all the deities met,
When Jove gave command from his throne;
By refraction of light the bright Rainbow is form'd;
For orators Greece was renown'd;
Dianna's great temple at Ephesus stood,
Which Herostratus burnt to the ground:
Brave Wolfe was the gen'ral who fell at Quebec;
Jason sought in the Argos the fleece;
In poetry Sapphic the ancients much wrote,
Invented by Sappho of Greece.
Bold Hector, the Trojan, for valour was fam'd;
Ulysses was Ithaca's boast;
The patriarch Noah, sublimely did sail
O'er the earth which in waters was lost.
At Gideon, the sun, the bright regent of day,
Stood still at a Joshua's commands;
Leonidas fought at Thermopyla's straits,
When attack'd by the Persian bands.
Old Orpheus, by his sweet music we're told,
Restrain'd the grim furies of hell;
The improvements in science which Newton has made,
No langauge or tongue can ere tell.
The initials of these, if in order you place,
They'll shew you a man of great fame,
Who rescu'd Columbia from death and disgrace -
GEORGE WASHINGTON is the blest name.