Front Page Titles (by Subject) The portrait of a good man by the most sublime of poets, for your imitation. - The Works, vol. 12 (Correspondence and Papers 1816-1826)
The portrait of a good man by the most sublime of poets, for your imitation. - Thomas Jefferson, The Works, vol. 12 (Correspondence and Papers 1816-1826) 
The Works of Thomas Jefferson, Federal Edition (New York and London, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904-5). Vol. 12.
About Liberty Fund:
Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals.
The text is in the public domain.
Fair use statement:
This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not be used in any way for profit.
The portrait of a good man by the most sublime of poets, for your imitation.
- Lord, who ’s the happy man that may to thy blest courts repair;
- Not stranger-like to visit them but to inhabit there?
- ’T is he whose every thought and deed by rules of virtue moves;
- Whose generous tongue disdains to speak the thing his heart disproves.
- Who never did a slander forge, his neighbor’s fame to wound;
- Nor hearken to a false report, by malice whispered round.
- Who vice in all its pomp and power, can treat with just neglect;
- And piety, though clothed in rags, religiously respect.
- Who to his plighted vows and trust has ever firmly stood;
- And though he promise to his loss, he makes his promise good.
- Whose soul in usury disdains his treasure to employ;
- Whom no rewards can ever bribe the guiltless to destroy.
- The man, who, by this steady course, has happiness insur’d,
- When earth’s foundations shake, shall stand, by Providence secur’d.