By Mara L. Pratt
Stories of progressive occasions, together with the reasons of the yankee Revolution, the bold exploits of these protecting liberty, the early battles, the struggles of the military, and the heroes who led the colonists to victory. compatible for a long time eight and up.
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Drawing herself proudly up, her eyes flashing fire, she cried, "Halt! " "Ye are my prisoners, sirs! " she said; Then dropped her plants and pointing out to them the way, She drove them quickly on, as she had oft ahead Driven the kine across the fields, at set of day; And they, "King George's own," without a word obeyed. Over the fields so green she marched her captive band, Her dark eyes flashing still, her proud heart beating high At thought of England's outrage on her native land! For women were true patriots in the days gone by, And scorned the foreign yoke, the proud oppressor's hand.
Then he climbed to the tower of the Church, Up the wooden stairs with stealthy tread, To the belfry chamber overhead, And startled the pigeons from their porch. On the somber rafters, that round him made Masses and moving shapesof shade,— Up the light ladder, slender and tall, To the highest window in the wall, Where he paused to listen and look down A moment on the roofs of the town, And the moonlight flowing over all. Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride, Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere Now he patted his horse's side, Now he gazed at the landscape far and near, Then, impetuous, stamped the earth, And turned and tightened his saddle girth; But mostly he watched with eager search The belfry-tower of the Old North Church As it rose above the graves on the hill, Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
This was answered by a fierce volley from the British, and when the army passed on, they left eight brave farmer-soldiers dead upon the green. Then, on the troops marched straight to Concord, their band playing Yankee Doodle — a song which had been composed by them to deride the colonists. " Now, as it happens that "Chevy Chase," was an old song of a battle in which this very Lord Percy's ancestors had figured, and had been defeated, you can imagine the young officer didn't enjoy the boy's joke very well; especially when some of his fellow-officers, who could appreciate a good joke even if they couldn't appreciate the courage of the colonists, joined in the laugh against him.
American History Stories, Volume II by Mara L. Pratt