Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cool Astoria and His Excellency George Washington by Phillis Wheatley

(The Astoria-Megler Bridge spans the Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon and Point Ellice or Megler, Washington.)

"Celestial choir! Enthron'd in realms of light
Columbia's scenes of glorious toils I write
While freedom's cause her anxious breast alarms
She flashes dreadful in refulgent arms."  -His Excellency George Washington, Phillis Wheatley

We keep rolling north (Saving Fort Clatsop and Seaside for Lewis and Clark in about a month!)
(Astoria Rocks!  Check out the Old Riverfront Trolley)

"One centure scarce perform'd its destined round
When Gallic powers Columbia's fury found
And so may you, whoever dares disgrace
The land of freedom's heaven-defended race!
Fix'd are the eyes of nations on the scales
For in their hopes Columbia's arm prevails."   -His Excellency General Washington, Phillis Wheatley

Nestled in the northwest corner pocket of Oregon is our Astoria.
(The Astoria Waterfront is full of Artists, Galleries, and Food Supreme)

"Astonish'd ocean feels the wild uproar
The refluent surges beat the sounding shore...
In bright array they seek the work of war
Where high unfurl'd the ensign waves in air."   -His Excellency General Washington, Phillis Wheatley

I came here as a kid on a field trip and just always fell in love with the houses high on the hilltops... not to mention The Goonies and Kindergarten Cop were filmed here.  (It's not a tumor!)
(The Cool Roadside Attraction: Astoria Column.)

"Shall I to Washington their praise recite?
Enough thou know'st them in fields of fight.
Thee, first in peace and honors- we demand
The grace and glory of they martial band
Fam'd for they valor, for thy virtues more
Hear every tongue thy guardian aid implore!"  -His Excellency General Washington, Phillis Wheatley

I climbed this crazy painted tower as a kid and I can still feel my knees knocking a bit from its height.  I love Astoria!
(We Grabbed Some Lunch and Hit the Town... Yeah, that's a Picture with My Eyes Closed.  Total Dork!  What Else is New?)

"Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy side
Thy ev're action let the Goddess guide.
A crown, a mansion, and a throne that shine
With gold unfading, Washington! Be thine."  -His Excellency George Washington, Phillis Wheatley

In our American Revolution unit we finally arrive at George Washington, just as we're about to plunge north toward the state after which he is named.  The following poems are tributes to our nation's first president.

(Phillis Wheatley, born around 1753, was the first Black Poet in America to publish a book.)


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