Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
A Song for Lexington
By Robert Kelley Weeks (1840–1876)
[Born in New York, N. Y., 1840. Died there, 1876. Poems.—Collective Edition. 1881.]

THE SPRING came earlier on
Than usual that year;
The shadiest snow was gone,
The slowest brook was clear,
And warming in the sun        5
Shy flowers began to peer.
’Twas more like middle May,
The earth so seemed to thrive,
That Nineteenth April day
Of Seventeen Seventy-Five;        10
Winter was well away,
New England was alive!
Alive and sternly glad!
Her doubts were with the snow;
Her courage, long forbade,        15
Ran full to overflow;
And every hope she had
Began to bud and grow.
She rose betimes that morn,
For there was work to do;        20
A planting, not of corn,
Of what she hardly knew,—
Blessings for men unborn;
And well she did it too!
With open hand she stood,        25
And sowed for all the years,
And watered it with blood,
And watered it with tears,
The seed of quickening food
For both the hemispheres.        30
This was the planting done
That April morn of fame;
Honor to every one
To that seed-field that came!
Honor to Lexington,        35
Our first immortal name!

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