Today in History: April 18


Grant Wood



"The regulars are coming!"   so Paul Revere Cried

Spurring his horse on

His famed midnight ride.*

*That Paul Revere is indelibly remembered today but not two other patriots who rode with him, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott, may be attributed to the proverbial fickle finger of fate.  Perhaps, it  was due to the enormous popularity of the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who immortalized Revere in his "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere".  The poem distorted reality a bit, but firmly entrenched Revere in the narrative of the epic of America's birth.


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  • As a literary person, maybe you know what happened to the verse:

    Listen my children, as I pause
    To tell you the story of William Dawes.

    Also, it appears that Washington is celebrating the 244th anniversary of "distorted reality" with more of it, according to ABC News.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks, Jack. May I finish your wonderful start?

    Listen my children, as I pause,
    To tell you the story of William Dawes.

    Tired of life under British laws,
    He also rode but without the applause.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Also without the applesauce.

  • In reply to jack:

    But maybe with some apple cider?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Only if fermented, and I prefer it that way (at least naturally carbonated).

  • Ah yes, the eighteenth of April in '75 --
    well done. Maybe the obscurity of Dawes and Prescott comes down to the fact that they're both much harder to rhyme than Revere is.

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