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Comment 17 of 22, added on May 22nd, 2010 at 12:03 PM.
Concord Hymn

Emerson originally wrote-in stanza four, "O Thou ..." who made those brave
heroes dare... He later changed the wording to, "Spirit..." who made those
brave heroes dare...

In a nation dedicated to separation of church and state, Emerson (perhaps)
was sensitive to not choosing any too specific a term for Divine Providence
, the Almighty , God, etc. As a Unitarian Universalist Minister, and
characteristic of Emerson the person, to not select a more 'weighty'
reference fits my image of who he was and what he believed in and what he
was attempting to convey.

I also personally prefer the eventually 'weakened', perhaps, more benign
cosmological referent, "Spirit..."
I, too,think that with maturity, his great belief in personal freedom, he
wouldn't use any words that might be construed to attach to any specific
set of beliefs.

Some have said that there was only a British flag (Colors) at Concord that
day and the very first 'shots' were apparently fired by these same British
troops earlier in Lexington. .

I believe the, "Concord Hymn", a masterpiece.

It was written to be sung, apparently and I have read that Henry David
Thoreau was in the 'choir'. I have read conversely that it was sung that
day only by a male soloist.

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Comment 16 of 22, added on March 18th, 2010 at 1:37 PM.
oh, I forgot--

"The rythme is elementary and the use of rythme could use a lot of

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Comment 15 of 22, added on March 18th, 2010 at 1:28 PM.

hahaha! Poems need rhythm, dummy! ahahahhha

It's all about delivery. Lol, I guess if you're joking that makes sense.
I would hate to hear you tell a joke though! Although you do make me

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Comment 13 of 22, added on February 2nd, 2009 at 7:01 PM.

I think this piece has a really amazing interpretation of life becoming
ever flowing and clear but at the same time dusty and tiresome. This poem
reminds me that life is both cleansing and unforgiving, peaceful as well as
mournful. I like this poem a lot and what it represents to me.

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Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poem: Concord Hymn
Added: Feb 21 2003
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Poem of the Day: May 9 2006

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