The Concord Hymn, written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is a great resource for the Battle of Lexington and Concord. One way to introduce the poem is to show the reading of the poem by former President William Jefferson Clinton.
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.
Other useful links:
Analysis of the Poem: http://www.helium.com/items/1104656-understanding-the-concord-hymn-by-ralph-waldo-emerson
Minuteman National Park: http://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm
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