“Listen, my children and you shall hear...” Today is the eighteenth of April-the anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride to warn his fellow colonists of the impending invasion by the British. Paul Revere’s ride was vividly commemorated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in a poem that many school children memorized. (I can still recite the first half!)
“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…”
It is easy to forget that Paul Revere was a real man–not just a fictional character from Longfellow’s poem. He was a famous silversmith in the late 1700s and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts boasts the most complete tea service of Paul Revere silver!
So raise your tea-cup in honor of Paul Revere, the American colonists and our British cousins! Happy 18th of April!
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