Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, AH, 'TIS IN VAIN THE PEACEFUL DIN, by HENRY DAVID THOREAU



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AH, 'TIS IN VAIN THE PEACEFUL DIN, by             Poet's Biography
Last Line: By no laconian rill
Subject(s): New England; American Revolution


Ah, '''tis in vain the peaceful din
That wakes the ignoble town,
Not thus did braver spirits win
A patriot'''s renown.

There is one field beside this stream,
Wherein no foot does fall,
But yet it beareth in my dream
A richer crop than all.

Let me believe a dream so dear,
Some heart beat high that day,
Above the petty Province here,
And Britain far away;

Some hero of the ancient mould,
Some arm of knightly worth,
Of strength unbought, and faith unsold,
Honored this spot of earth;

Who sought the prize his heart described,
And did not ask release,
Whose free-born valor was not bribed
By prospect of a peace.

The men who stood on yonder height
That day are long since gone;
Not the same hand directs the fight
And monumental stone.

Ye were the Grecian cities then,
The Romes of modern birth,
Where the New England husbandmen
Have shown a Roman worth.

In vain I search a foreign land
To find our Bunker Hill,
And Lexington and Concord stand
By no Laconian rill.





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