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Steadfast desire for self-government – Concord Hymn

Published in Blog on June 28, 2022 by Matt May

The Convention of States movement has often held up the plain eloquence of Massachusetts farmer and Minuteman Levi Preston as a rallying cry for our effort.

Another son of Massachusetts honored and immortalized Preston and his like in a vivid poem that was read (and sung by a choir) on July 4, 1837, at a significant place. 

This Independence Day, it is well to revisit this poem -- this hymn -- and contemplate its inspirational qualities and meaning to the COS movement.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote Concord Hymn for the dedication ceremony of the obelisk monument in Concord, Massachusetts, which honors and commemorates the April 19, 1775, battle. 

Emerson's opening stanza incorporates the fortitude of citizen-soldiers like Preston, and the timeless magnitude of what they initiated:

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.

It is no exaggeration to state that, on this July 4, all American citizens are embattled. 

The United States has ceased to be a representative republic. 

The rule of law has been inverted. 

Congress -- all of Congress -- believes themselves unaccountable to the American people who sent them there.

The executive and the administrative state halt productivity, choke innovation, and breach personal autonomy on pain of employment and well-being.

Such government – by self-appointed experts and self-deluded elite – is unsustainable. Seldom has the disconnect between the people and their representatives been so pronounced.

While glimmers of hope at times burst through the darkness, even the favorable rulings of a judicial tribunal are not made by a republic.

An Article V Convention of States would begin to remedy this diabolical disorientation. This is a non-partisan effort aimed at returning the government to the sovereign citizens through our state legislatures as prescribed by the Constitution itself.

An Article V convention that begins the process of returning balance to the federal government would be the metaphorical shot heard round the country.

In reading the whole of Concord Hymn, we can take heart that the steadfast desire for self-government does not, at this moment, require us to "dare to die, and leave their children free."

What is required of us is time, commitment, and devotion to the principles for which the embattled farmers sacrificed and took up arms against what was then the most powerful military force on the planet. Such are the principles of the COS effort.

Let us read and listen to Emerson's hymn. Let us rededicate ourselves to the reestablishment of liberty where the rude bridge stood and all corners of this glorious land.

Let us redeem their deed. 

Concord Hymn

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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