Lexington and Concord

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  1. bruno

    bruno 5-Year Member Retired Staff Member

    Feb 2, 2008
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    In celebration of events that occurred 234 years ago right here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts- and a tip of the hat to Mrs Hughes my 6th grade English teacher who forced us to memorize all sorts of great lit. Hard then, but almost a half century later- her lessons are Much appreciated! I wish she was still alive so I could tell her!

    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, and leave their children free,
    Bid Time and Nature gently spare
    The shaft we raise to them and thee

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