by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Concord Hymn was written by Ralph Waldo Emerson at the completion of the Concord Battle Monument. The monument immortalized the first American militia to oppose British forces on April 19, 1775.
Below you'll find the monument inscription followed by the Hymn.
Concord Battle Monument Inscription:
on the 19th of April
the first forcible resistance
to British aggression.
On the opposite bank
stood the American Militia.
Here stood the invading Army
and on this spot
the first of the enemy fell
in the War of that Revolution
to these United States.
In gratitude to God
in the love of Freedom
~ 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;On this green bank, by this soft stream,
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
We set today a votice 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.
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