The Original 'Paul Revere's Ride'

By Alexis C. Madrigal

Our colleague Jeffrey Goldberg created a humorous rendition of Paul Revere's Ride based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem. I just want to note that this magazine actually published the original "Paul Revere's Ride" in 1861 and it's hosted here on TheAtlantic.com, which never ceases to blow my mind.

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, -- "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light, --
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm."...


This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/06/the-original-paul-reveres-ride/240013/