RALPH WALDO EMERSON
(Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument April 19, 1836, commemorating the start of the American Revolutionary War 1775)
1. All By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
2. Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
3. Here once the embattled farmers stood,
4. And fired the shot heard round the world.
5. Reader 1 The foe long since in silence slept;
6. Reader 2 Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
7. Reader 3 And Time the ruined bridge has swept
8. Reader 4 Down the dark stream that seaward creeps.
9. All On this green bank, by this soft stream,
10. We set today a votive stone
11. That memory may their deed redeem,
12. When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
13. Reader 5 Spirit, that made those heroes dare
14. To die, and leave their children free,
15. Bid Time and Nature gently spare
16. The shaft we raise to them and thee.
Votive – dedicated in accordance with a vow
Redeem – pay off (a debt)
Sires – ancestors
Shaft – the Concord Monument