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Comment 17 of 25, 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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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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