Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Concord Hymn

Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, 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 today 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, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
   The shaft we raise to them and thee.
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2 thoughts on “Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. Edie Rider

    I’m always amazed at the courage and bravery they must have had to stand up and demand freedom. I cringe now as so many are disrespectful to our flag, our history, our country.

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