Thanksgiving Hymn ~ 1783

   This hymn, published in 1783 at the close of the American Revolutionary War, was intended as a hymn to give thanks for the successful completion of the conflict.

The Lord above, in tender love, Hath sav'd us from our foes;
Through Washington the thing is done, The war is at a close.
America has won the day, Through Washington, our chief;
Come let's rejoice with heart and voice, And bid adieu to grief.
Now we have peace, and may increase In number, wealth, and arts;
If every one, like Washington, Will strive to do their parts.
Then let's agree, since we are free, All needless things to shun;
And lay aside all pomp and pride, Like our great Washington.
Use industry, and frugal be, Like Washington the brave;
So shall we see, 'twill easy be, Our country for to save,
From present wars and future foes, And all that we may fear;
While Washington, the great brave one, Shall as our chief appear.
Industry and frugality, Will all our taxes pay;
In virtuous ways, we'll spend our days, And for our rulers pray.
The Thirteen States, united sets, In Congress simply grand;
The Lord himself preserve their health, That they may rule the land.
Whilst every State, without its mate, Doth rule itself by laws,
Will sovereign be, and always free; To grieve there is no cause.
But all should try, both low and high, Our freedom to maintain;
Pray God to bless our grand Congress, And cease from every sin.
Then sure am I, true liberty Of every sort will thrive;
With one accord we'll praise the Lord, All glory to Him give.
To Whom all praise is due always, For He is all in all;
George Washington, that noble one, On His great name doth call.
Our Congress too, before they do, Acknowledge Him supreme;
Come let us all before Him fall, And glorify His name.