Hymn

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From the collection Poems of American Patriotism (1922), chosen by Brander Matthews.
The poem's preface:
[Sidenote: April 19, 1775] This poem was written to be sung at the completion of the Concord Monument, April 19, 1836].

An illustration for the story Hymn by the author Ralph Waldo Emerson An illustration for the story Hymn by the author Ralph Waldo Emerson An illustration for the story Hymn by the author Ralph Waldo Emerson
  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 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.

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