BY RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, 1837
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 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.
All photos copyright 1983 and 2022, D.W Drang and the Cluemeter.
(Maybe. They don't seem 100% sure...)
Does this bridge seem rude to you?
Does that seem to be a "flood"?
Does it matter?
In 1983 I left my first tour in Korea and went to Ft. Devens, MA, for the Basic NCO Course. I was there over Patriots Day weekend.
I had a decent camera, but kind of crappy film...