Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Garden Bloggers Muse Day July 1st

BY THE RUDE BRIDGE

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;
like 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.


~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
Happy July 1st! Happy 4th of July!
Be sure to go to Carolyn's blog Sweet Home and Garden Chicago, the home of Garden Blogger's Muse day!

7 comments:

Cindy said...

Happy 4th of July to you. I really enjoyed the poem you chose.

Brenda Jean said...

That is a wonderful poem, and the picture is a perfect match. Thank you for the inspiration! Happy 4th to you also:)

beckie said...

I have not read that one by Emerson before. It is a very fitting muse for July. Thanks for visiting my blog!

MrBrownThumb said...

Hi Muum,

I had a few moments and wanted to express my gratitude at the concern you and other have shown. It really means a lot.

Happy 4th.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Oh, I haven't read that one in a long time. Excellent choice for July.~~Dee

Carolyn gail said...

A very touching selection. It makes me think of my first ancestor who came from Ireland to America in the 1700's and joined the American revolution . We've so many heroes to thank for our great country.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Beautiful poem and picture!