|This free printable worksheet features the text of Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Concord Hymn." This poem's original title was "Hymn: Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument, April 19, 1836." It honors the Battle of Concord (Concord, Massachusetts, April 19, 1775), fought during the early days of the American Revolution, in which the Colonials (Patriots) defeated British forces.|
This worksheet has students work to decipher rhyming words. The first line rhymes with the third, the second line with the fourth, and so on. We've even included a bit of handwriting practice at the bottom. This assignment teaches American history, has students study (and hopefully appreciate) the poetry of one of America's greatest poets, allows students to hone their understanding of poetry, and helps to improve spelling skills. Plus, it's fun!
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 which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
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