March 28, 2009

Concord Hymn

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May the delightful words of this choice poem,
charm and inspire your busy day.

--Description: Emerson R., 19th C, Patriotism, Politics--

Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument, April 19th, 1836
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 that 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.

--Did You Know:  Emerson was considered one of the great orators of the time, Emerson's enthusiasm and respect for his audience enraptured crowds. His support for abolitionism late in life created controversy, and at times he was subject to abuse from crowds while speaking on the topic.

--Word of the Day: dramatis personae (DRAM-uh-tis puhr-SO-nee), noun
Meaning: 1. The characters in a play or story  2. The people involved in an event.
Example: "The same scene would replay itself again in 2008 with a slight change in the dramatis personae."
(Kofi Amenyo; Can the NPP Ever Elect A Non-Twi Speaker; Ghana News; Jan 12, 2009.)

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