Under the Washington Elm
- CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 27,1861.
- BY OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES.
- EIGHTY years have passed,
- Since under the brave old
- Our fathers gathered in arms, and swore
- They would follow the sign their banners
- And. fight till the land
- Half of their work was
- Half is left to do—
- Cambridge and Concord and Lexington!
- When the battle is fought and won,
- What shall be told of you?
- Hark! 'tis the south wind
- Who are the martyrs down?
- Ah, the marrow was true in your children's
- That sprinkled with blood the cursed stones
- Of the murder-haunted
- What if the storm-clouds
- What if the green leaves
- Better the crashing tempest's throe,
- Than the army of worms that gnawed below;
- Trample them one and all!
- Then, when the battle is won,
- And the land from traitors
- Our children shall tell of the strife begun
- When Liberty's second April sun
- Was bright on our brave old tree!
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