Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882
In spite of the popular myth Paul Revere did not say “The British are coming” as everyone at the time were British.
What was most likely said was “The Regulars are coming” as that was the term of the day for the British troops.
In reality Paul Revere was captured and did not finish his legendary ride.
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…
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