“Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere”
Tomorrow evening marks 240 years since Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride.
Made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Revere’s ride has become an iconic piece of American revolutionary history. Longfellow’s poem was riddled with inaccuracies, but made for an entertaining rhyme.
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…’
Revere was a Boston-based artisan, early propaganda artists, and original Tea Partier:
Watch this historically accurate re-enactment of the events that transpired 240 years ago and enjoy the bravery of regular citizens who paved the way for the greatest country God gave man.
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