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Sacred Dirges, Hymns, and Anthems
COMMEMORATIVE OF THE DEATH OF
GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON,
THE GUARDIAN OF HIS COUNTRY, AND
THE FRIEND OF MAN.
Born Feb. 22, 1732.
The just shall be had in
|Whilst Eloquence repeats his praise,
And Poesy's mellifluous lays
Hymn the great HERO'S name;
|Music her soothing power applies-
O might her lofty numbers rise
Sublime as is his fame!
An Original Composition.
BY A CITIZEN OF MASSACHUSETTS.
PRINTED AT BOSTON, BY I. THOMAS AND E. T. ANDREWS, No.
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George Washington died on December 14, 1799. February 22, 1800, [Washington's Birthday] was set aside as the official national day of mourning. This book of sacred songs was published in anticipation of the services that would be held in honor of the man who led the nation in the Revolutionary War and who was the first President of the United States. Some of the songs included in this collection had already been used in a memorial service held in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 9, 1800. An advertisement in many Boston area newspapers states that "several of the Dirges are MASONIC, to be performed at their Grand Funeral Procession on the 11th of February." While the book is attributed only to "A Citizen of Massachusetts" it was most likely the work of the Boston area singing master Oliver Holden.
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"Sacred Dirges, Hymns, and Anthems, commemorative of the death of General George Washington, The guardian of his country"
| printer I. Thomas and E. T. Andrews
| author Oliver Holden (1765-1844)
| date Jan 27, 1800
| location Boston, Massachusetts
| height 8.0"
| width 9.5"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Communication/Poetry/Ballad/Song
| accession # #L10.007
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