- Concord Hymn – Redux
The “Concord Hymn” was first recited on July 4, 1837, when the Concord Monument was completed. The Hymn honored the courage of the patriots who fought the battle that launched the American Revolution. Now that revolution and all its promise is imperiled by mean spirited, small minded political gamesmanship that seeks partisan advantage at the expense of the common good. The “embattled farmers” faced death and today’s elected leaders in many cases are afraid to face a primary election challenge. The vaunted American Spirit has left most of the politically prominent. They need to get it back, or we the people need to get new and better leaders.
“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.”
Their valiant deeds now long since done
And time its mysteries now well displayed
Will the prize they sought and finally won,
By us be truly cherished or cravenly betrayed?
Along the Potomac River’s banks, floodlit monuments gleam.
While legislators quibble and squander time
Can marble homage brave ideals redeem?
As solons shirk their duty and speak only in a piteous whine
Can we and our leaders once again revive?
The spirit of this embattled band
And keep their fondest dream alive.
Thus saving all for which they made their gallant stand.
They faced battle and ran the risk of wounds and death.
Will we finally summon even the smallest bit?
Of the courage they showed until their dying breath.
Or will we once again prove as bereft of valor as of wit.
Will those we have elected prove they seek the common good?
Or will they persist as squabbling fools?
They have the power and they can if they would.
Act with purpose and principle by breaking through partisan rules.
These ancient heroes have their honors earned.
By risking all so that their country could be free
Let us remember what we should have all learned.
And make this land all they fervently hoped it could one day be.
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