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TWS Exclusive: Scott Brown’s Ride

A Poem

9:31 AM, Jan 16, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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THE WEEKLY STANDARD is pleased to present this original (well, adapted) work, written in the heat of battle by a citizen inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Paul Revere. 

TWS Exclusive: Scott Brown’s Ride

Scott Brown’s Ride

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Scott Brown,
Culminating on January 19th, 2010;
Hardly a man will forget when
Obamacare went down that day and year....

That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by Scott Brown, in his fight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat....

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the Democratic regulars fired and fled,--
How the citizens gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farm and wall,
Chasing the Democrats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Scott Brown;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,--
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!

For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and pluck,
The people awaken in every Bay State town
To the hurrying tires of his truck,
And the midnight message of Scott Brown.

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