Millstadt Library
2Jul/18Off

Let Freedom Ring!

In honor of Independence Day, the library will be closed on the Fourth of July.

To get everyone in the spirit of the holiday, here's Emerson's famous poem about the Revolutionary War that immortalized the phrase, "the shot heard round the world."

Don't forget the fireworks at Liederkranz on the 4th, starting at 9 p.m.

Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emersonbooks-american-flag-overlay-900

"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! who made those freemen dare
To die, or leave their children free,
Bid time and nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and Thee."

 

 

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