Author of the Lyrics
The author of the uplifting
words of the "The Concord Hymn" lyrics,
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803-April 27, 1882),
was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States and
achieved fame as a poet, essayist and lecturer. The Concord Hymn was written by Ralph Waldo Emerson for the 1837 dedication of the monument in Concord, Massachusetts commemorating the Battle of Concord (April 19, 1775) at the outbreak of the American Revolution.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: The Concord Hymn
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist):
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803
to April 27, 1882)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Poem written in English
Name of Composer of Music:
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "By the rude bridge that arched the flood,Their flag to April's breeze unfurled"
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The Concord Hymn Lyrics
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 that seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We place with joy a votive stone,
That memory may their deeds redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
O Thou who made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raised to them and Thee.