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   English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
768. Concord Hymn
 
Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, 1837
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
 
 
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;        5
  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;        10
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        15
  The shaft we raise to them and thee.
 

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