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Ralph Waldo Emerson - Concord Hymn

Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument, 4 July 1837

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, or leave their childern free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

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Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poem: Concord Hymn
Poem of the Day: Jul 4 2000

Comment 2 of 2, added on February 2nd, 2008 at 12:15 PM.

This poem is brilliant. Ignorant people like you just don't understand it.

alfonzo from Bahamas
Comment 1 of 2, added on January 3rd, 2007 at 4:23 PM.

this poem is so stupid

john from United States

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