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For Washington no sooner knew
The visit he had paid her, Than to his parent State he flew,
To crush the bold invader.
When he sat down before the town,
His Lordship soon surrender'd;a His martial pride he laid aside,
And cas'd the British standard; 3 Gods! how this stroke will North provoke,
And all his thoughts confuse, sir ! And how the Peers will hang their ears,
When first they hear the news, sir.
Be peace, the glorious end of war,
By this event effected;4 And be the name of Washington,
To latest times respected; Then let us toast America,
And France in union with her; And may Great Britain rue the day
Her hostile bands came hither.
1 Cornwallis, too. Cornwallis was a distinguished warrior, intrepid and confident, and a zealous champion of his tyrannical master.