Paul Revere’s Ride – by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Paul Revere’s Ride – by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I noticed that a lot of people have enjoyed my posting of the full “Lynn, Lynn City of Sin” poem, so I thought I might put up a few more poems over the next few days relating to Massachusetts. None are quite as colorful as the Lynn one, but here is the first:

Paul Revere

Paul Revere as painted by John Singleton Copley

Paul Revere’s Ride
 By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 (of Cambridge, Massachusetts 1860)

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.

July 10th, 2014|Blog, Poetry|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Sue July 10, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Wow dramatic genre change from “Lynn”! This poem is Americana at its rhyme- y best.

  2. […] is the next poem. The first two can be found at “Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin” and “Paul Revere’s Ride“. This is a long one by George Edward Woodberry, but a very good poem as […]

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