Paul Revere

Tomorrow is the actual Patriot’s Day here in Massachusetts, we just celebrate on the third Monday of April each year. However, tomorrow is also the first day of tours for us and I have the afternoon tour.

I have spent the last hour or so, looking over my notes and books from last year to refresh my memory and hoping that the jerk from Concord who interrupted my talk the other day does not have a cousin who will be walking with me for an hour.

I mean, really, do you think that the tourists care what famous people came from my hometown? I can only name 2 anyways, most of the rest were imported for the private high school and left soon after.

Paul Revere Gets His Horse
Paul Revere Gets His Horse

Anyways, I have printed up a copy of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere…generally, you have someone on your tour who is about 58-65 who was made to memorize the poem as a younger child. The last paragraph makes a nice ending for our long walk together, though…

“So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you are in the area tomorrow night, the annual Lantern Ceremony is taking place at Old North Church. It is an interesting event to go to as you get to see the Church completely full, including a fife corps, and hear from a variety of people. There is also an event at the Charlestown Navy Yard after the ceremony.

After this weekend, work ramps up, school ramps up, my family situation ramps up, and parties galore are happening. Looks like I won’t get too much sleep till November.


7 thoughts on “Paul Revere

  1. I picked up a book called Founding Myths the other day and it says that most of what we know about Paul Revere’s ride is fiction. Revere wrote an account not long after the actual event, but the popular conception comes from the poem. I was wondering if you’re aware of the book and what it says. Thanks!

    1. Most of what we think we know about Paul Revere’s ride is complete fiction made up by Longfellow and others, and repeated by multitudes of people. When I talk to people about PR I talk about William Dawes and Samuel Prescott.

      I have not seen that book but it sounds like it would be a great addition to my library. How do you like it so far?

      BTW, did not know that a discussion about the new BK could turn into that drivel! Makes me happy that I’m mostly alone over here in my corner 🙂

  2. I found the book in a used bookstore and I skimmed half of it there and then bought it because it was $4. The first chapter was Paul Revere, which of course was timely because of the holiday. I had heard of Dawes and Prescott, but the context that the book puts it in is much different than the myth. It was the same when I read “Lies My Teacher Told Me.” Being a teacher, I had to read that.

    Whenever a topic catches on over at my blog it quickly moves toward drivel. That’s not to say that there aren’t many good comments, but some people just like to hurl insults and display their narrow-mindedness. When I started the blog I had no expectation that anyone except a few friends would ever see it, never mind that I’d have to moderate comments.

  3. The main branch here in Eastie has it, I think I might need to take a little walk down there tomorrow. A lot of history is total crap, at least a lot of the stories that get passed from parents to children. I have had to correct/teach people about the American Revolution, Boston history, and World War II a lot over the last few years with my job.

    I’ve noticed that a lot more hateful people have been coming out of the woodwork over at the stories that allow comments. Its very depressing, but then I figured that most people who aren’t like that don’t comment.

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