“Hymn: Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument” by Ralph Waldo Emerson
votive – given as the mark of a vow or pledge
sires – fathers
1. What has happened to the “rude bridge”?
The bridge no longer stands since it was swept down the stream.
2. What does the speaker ultimately ask the “Spirit” to do?
The speaker asks the “Spirit” to do what it can to protect the monument and keep it standing.
3. “Occasional poems” are poems written to be read on a specific occasion, much as speeches are written. What occasion was “Concord Hymn” written to mark?
“Concord Hymn” was written to mark the completion of the Concord Monument.