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162 The National Music of America.
of except that of being truly and exclusively patriotic in its sentiment and spirit.
" Very respectfully
" Your most obedient servant,
"Jos. Hopkinson. "Rev. Rufus W. Griswold."
It will readily be seen that all party allu­sions are carefully avoided in the verses ; the fourth stanza, beginning "Behold the chief who now commands," refers to the Presi­dent of that time, John Adams, and not to Washington, as some commentators suppose.
It is scarcely necessary to dwell upon the faulty rhymes, the exaggerated metaphors; these were the prevailing faults of the times when the song was written.
The actor who was to benefit by Mr. Hop-kinson's hurried effort was named Gilbert Fox; he reaped a golden harvest through the loyalty of his poetic friend. The Phila­delphia morning papers of April 25, 1798, contained the announcement of Mr. Fox's benefit, when there was to be performed the
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