The Big Read Blog (Archive)


April 20, 2009
Washington, DC

Happy Patriot's Day Boston, Maine, and -- according to Wikipedia -- Wisconsin! Celebrate the day, which commemorates the opening battles of the War for Independence in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, by running the 113th annual Boston Marathon. If you're looking for a less strenuous option, how about reciting Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride"? Here are a couple of stanzas to get you started:

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,
Hand 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.