Tuesday, April 19, 2011

19 April

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 spirits dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

-R.W. Emerson

1 comment:

Brad_in_MA said...

There's another April 19 . . . from 1943. It was the meaningful start of the Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis. Ultimately the uprising was crushed and all participants were summarily executed. Still, it has meaning, as it April 19, 1943 was the start of Passover -- a holiday about freedom from the tyranny of the pharoh.