April 18, 2013

The Eighteenth of April in Seventy-Five


Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."
-- Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 18, 2013 10:46 AM
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Plus it's the anniversary of the San Francisco Fire. And my birthday.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at April 18, 2013 11:28 AM

Happy birthday, Rob.

Posted by: mushroom at April 18, 2013 1:59 PM

Thanks, mushroom.

I was born the day Ernie Pyle died. No wonder nobody noticed.


Posted by: Rob De Witt at April 18, 2013 4:22 PM

Reminds me of how people laughed at Sarah Palin for saying "Revere warned the British," or something. What she was trying to say was that, in an act of defiance, Revere did taunt the British dragoon officer who briefly detained him -- telling the man that 500 militiamen stood between his forces and the militia armory at Concord.


Posted by: Don Rodrigo at April 19, 2013 7:41 AM

Those who do not know this country's history (or the world history for that matter) are doomed to have to repeat it. Don't care what method you use to learn it, just learn it. And if you have an interesting way to teach it, please do.

Posted by: Amy Meads at April 19, 2013 11:33 AM