AHG Merit Badge Help – Dawn of our Country #22

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

One if by land, and two if by sea;

These two lines are probably the famous lines of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride”.  It was first published in the January 1861 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.

To listen to a reading of this poem by David Cottrill visit YouTube (here).

It is important to note that there are several historical inaccuracies in the poem.  Paul Revere did not ride alone, and likely did not say “One if by land, and two if by sea”.  When learning about Revere’s ride please take a few minutes to learn the truth behind the poem.  A great starting point can be found on the American Heroes YouTube Channel (here).

NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.

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