Jul 4, 2009

July 4th

The following is a poem sung at the dedication ceremony (1836) of the monument constructed in honor of the battle at Concord. It's one of my favorites and appropriate for today.


By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flat 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 children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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