Old Copp's Hill and Burial Ground: With Historical Sketches

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Benjamin Parks, 1882 - Boston (Mass.) - 47 pages
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Page 9 - If the British march By land or sea from the town tonight, 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.
Page 39 - My name from the palms of his hands Eternity will not erase ; Impress'd on his heart it remains, In marks of indelible grace : Yes ! I to the end shall endure, As sure as the earnest is given ; More happy, but not more secure, The glorified spirits in heaven.
Page 45 - What though no sacred earth allow thee room, Nor hallowed dirge be muttered o'er thy tomb? Yet shall thy grave with rising flowers be drest, And the green turf lie lightly on thy breast : There shall the morn her earliest tears bestow, There the first roses of the year shall blow ; While angels with their silver wings o'ershade The ground, now sacred by thy reliques made.
Page 9 - By the trembling ladder, steep and tall, To the highest window in the wall, Where he paused to listen and look down A moment on the roofs of the town And the moonlight flowing over all.
Page 45 - Stop here, my friend, and cast an eye. As you are now, so once was I; As I am now, so you must be. Prepare for death and follow me.
Page 8 - Savage in 1730. The organ was made by Thomas Johnston in 1759. The interior was rebuilt by Mr. Goodrich about sixty years ago. The figures of the cherubim in front of the organ and the chandelier were taken from a French vessel, by the privateer " Oucen of Hungary," and presented to thechurchin 1746 by Captain Grushea.
Page 28 - Let it rise! let it rise, till it meet the sun in his coming; let the earliest light of the morning gild it, and the parting day linger and play on its summit.
Page 10 - Some years since, while the workmen were employed in the cemetery, building tombs, one of them found the earth so loose that he settled his bar into it the whole length with a single effort. The superintendent directed him to proceed till he found solid earth. About six feet below the bottom of the cellar he found a coffin, covered with a coarse linen cloth, sized with gum, which, on boiling, became white, and the texture as firm as if it had been recently woven. Within this coffin was...
Page 29 - British troops should have been in possession of it, and should have forbidden you entrance, what would you have done? ' Answer : ' I would have charged bayonets, and forced my way as surely as I would force my way into my dwelling-house if taken possession of by a gang of thieves.
Page 10 - The signal lanterns of Paul Revere displayed in the steeple of this church April 18, 1775, warned the country of the march of the British troops to Lexington and Concord.

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