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Ebenezer Stiles: “What sound is that”?

作者: J. L. Bell
   
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<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=32650" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="1" height="208" src="http://americanart.si.edu/images/1991/1991.193_1c.jpg" width="173" /></a></div>Yesterday I started quoting Ebenezer Stiles’s <b>“Story of the Battle of Concord and Lexinton and Revear’s ride Twenty years ago,”</b> written in 1795. The first stanzas described <a href="http://boston1775.blogspot.com/search/label/Paul%20Revere">Paul Revere</a>’s ride and the skirmish at <a href="http://boston1775.blogspot.com/search/label/Lexington">Lexington</a>. <br /><br />Then there’s a break, and Stiles restarts his story with two iconic <a href="http://boston1775.blogspot.com/search/label/militia">militiamen</a> who would reappear in many other authors’ and artists’ portrayals of the day. It appears that Stiles was so carried away by the pathos of the scene he described that he lost his metre at the end of the second stanza.<br /><blockquote><b>Part Second</b><br />What sound is that said a ploughman strong<br />As he stoped his horse in the field<br />And looked to his wife who sat under the tree<br />She had brought him his morning meal.<br />What sound is that and he turned his ear<br />To list to the far off hum<br />By Heavens that’s a shot I hear<br />And that’s the sound of a drum<br /><br />2<br />He reached his gun from the side of the plough<br />Where he kept it in case of need<br />And his <a href="http://boston1775.blogspot.com/search/label/gunpowder">powder</a> horn he took from a bough<br />And his Horse became a steed<br />He turned to his wife she’d a tear in her eye<br />But she spoke like a matron of greace<br />As fondly he kissed her a last good bye<br />She bade to never spare the foe untill they craved for peace<br /><br />3<br />He rode down the lane at a breakneck pace<br />So anxious was he for the fight<br />That he saw not a youth with an unshaven face<br />Who was running with all his might<br />To the scene of bloodshed carnage and woe<br />That the soldiers delt out with joy<br />His mother said go fight the foe<br />Although you’r my only boy<br /><br />4<br />Go take thy Father’s gun she said<br />That he used in the <a href="http://boston1775.blogspot.com/search/label/Native%20Americans">Indian</a> wars<br />And do not return untill they’r all dead<br />Or driven from off these shores<br />Be brave like him whose name you bare<br />Like him defend the right<br />Of snars and pitfalls my son beware<br />And keep thy scutcheon bright<br /><br />5<br />Now the patriot captain’s voice <br />Is heard below the ridge<br />Fall in men quick we have no choice<br />We must defend the bridge<br />The little band despersed that morn<br />Now sweled to thrice their number<br />Stood no longer like the timed fawn<br />But a lion roused from slumber </blockquote>Though starting with two individuals, Stiles quickly returned to treating all the provincial militiamen together as a single actor. In that last stanza, he even conflated the “little band” on the Lexington common with the men massed above the North Bridge at <a href="http://boston1775.blogspot.com/search/label/Concord">Concord</a> later in the day. <br /><br />TOMORROW: <a href="http://boston1775.blogspot.com/2012/04/with-blood-ground-is-dyed.html">The clash at the bridge</a>.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/28102666-7367143418831780093?l=boston1775.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>

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作者: J. L. Bell
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创建时间: 2012-04-19
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