Hymn: Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument, April 19, 1836

Original Text: 
Poems< (1846: London: Chapman, 1847). PS 1624 .A1 Robarts Library
2     Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
3Here once the embattled farmers stood,
4     And fired the shot heard round the world.
5The foe long since in silence slept;
6     Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
7And Time the ruined bridge has swept
8     Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
9On this green bank, by this soft stream,
11That memory may their deed redeem,
12     When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
13Spirit, that made those heroes dare
14     To die, or leave their children free,
15Bid Time and Nature gently spare
16     The shaft we raise to them and thee.

Notes

1] The date became July 4, 1837, in the 1904 Complete Works to which day the dedication of the monument (erected in memory of the battles of Concord and Lexington, which took place on April 19, 1775) and the singing of the hymn had been postponed. Back to Line
10] votive: erected in thanks. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1837
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2002
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