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A Song For Lexington.

April 6, 2010

 

On April 19, 1775, the Minutemen at Lexington won a second decisive American victory from the British who were retreating towards Boston after their defeat at Concord. It should not be forgotten that Lexington was also the scene of the skirmish fought earlier that morning when Captain John Parker and his forty Minutemen tried to hinder the British advance towards Concord.

—Robert Kelly Weeks.

THE spring came earlier on
Than usual that year;
The shadiest snow was gone,
The slowest brook was clear,
And warming in the sun
Shy flowers began to peer.
 
‘Twas more like middle May,
The earth so seemed to thrive,
That Nineteenth April day
Of Seventeen Seventy-five;
Winter was well away,
New England was alive!
 
Alive and sternly glad!
Her doubts were with the snow;
Her courage, long forbade,
Ran full to overflow;
And every hope she had
Began to bud and grow.
 
She rose betimes that morn,
For there was work to do;
A planting, not of corn,
Of what she hardly knew—
Blessings for men unborn;
And well she did it too!
 
With open hand she stood,
And sowed for all the years,
And watered it with blood,
And watered it with tears—
The seed of quickening food
For both the hemispheres.
 
This was the planting done
That April morn of fame;
Honor to every one
To that seed-field that came!
Honor to Lexington,
Our first immortal name!

 

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