Longfellow Reminds Us Why We Have Patriot’s Day (Lowell Sun)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of the Class of 1825

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of the Class of 1825

Perhaps as much as, or more than, any history textbook, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow provided an abiding history lesson in his 14 musical stanzas describing the dawn of the Revolutionary War. “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…”

“Much of what we remember about the events of the day comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” wrote Bob Reed for The Lowell Sun in 2014. “And though the poet had it wrong in several particulars, the poem captures the moment, the daring of the people, the apprehension and danger, in the episode.”


  1. Don Doele says:

    How can you have Patriot’s and “forebears” in the same sentence?


  2. Steven Plourde says:

    My recollection of history was that Paul Revere & William Dawes went riding to warn the colonists of the British invasion. Paul Revere was captured by the British & released the next day. Dawes actually rode to Lexington & Concord.

    When Longfellow penned his famous lines, William Dawes’s name ruined the rhyme & meter of the poem — “Listen my children, and you shall pause, when you ponder the ride of William Dawes.” — I think we’ll stick with Paul Revere!

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