On July 4th, 1837, the Minute Man statue in Concord, Massachusetts was dedicated in honor of the heroes in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. At this event, the following poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson was sung to a well-known hymn.
|The Old North Bridge, photo by Daderot|
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 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, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
This poem has been called a "too little-known Masterpiece." Do you agree that this poem is a masterpiece? Do you think it deserves to be better-known?