Literature Quiz / Paul Revere's Ride (Longfellow, 1863)

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Can you name the missing words to 'Paul Revere's Ride'?

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VerseMissing Word
Listen, my _______, and you shall hear
Of the ________ ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in _______-five;
Hardly a ___ is now alive
Who remembers that famous ___ and year.
He said to his friend, ‘If the British _____
By land or ___ from the town to-night,
Hang a _______ aloft in the belfry arch
Of the _____ Church tower as a signal light,—
One, if by ____, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite _____ will be,
Ready to ride and spread the _____
Through every Middlesex _______ and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to ___.’
Then he said, ‘____-night!’ and with muffled oar
Silently _____ to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the ____ rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings ___
The Somerset, _______ man-of-war;
A phantom ____, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a ______ bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was _________
By ___ own reflection in the tide.
Meanwhile, his friend, through _____ and street,
Wanders and _______ with eager ears,
Till in the _______ around him he hears
The muster of ___ at the barrack door,
The _____ of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured _____ of the grenadiers,
________ down to their boats on the shore.
Then he climbed the tower of the ___ North Church,
By the ______ stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the ______-chamber overhead,
And startled the _______ from their perch
On the sombre _______, that round him made
Masses and moving ______ of shade,—
By the trembling ladder, _____and tall,
To the highest ______ in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look ____
A moment on the _____ of the town,
And the moonlight _______ over all.
_______, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night-encampment on the ____,
Wrapped in silence so ____ and still
That he could ____, like a sentinel’s tread,
The watchful _____-wind, as it went
Creeping along from ____ to tent,
And seeming to _______, ‘All is well!’
A moment only he _____ the spell
Of the place and the ____, and the secret dread
Of the ______ belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his _________ are bent
On a shadowy _________ far away,
Where the river widens to meet the ___,—
A line of black that bends and ______
On the rising ____, like a bridge of boats.
Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ____,
Booted and spurred, with a _____ stride
On the opposite shore walked ____ Revere.
Now he patted his ______ side,
Now gazed at the landscape ___ and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the _____,
And turned and tightened his ______-girth;
But mostly he _______ with eager search
VerseMissing Word
The belfry-tower of the Old North ______,
As it rose above the ______ on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and _____.
And __! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a _____ of light!
He springs to the ______, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and _____, till full on his sight
A second ____ in the belfry burns!
A hurry of _____ in a village street,
A shape in the _________, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the _______, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed ______ fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, _______ the gloom and the light,
The fate of a ______ was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that _____, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its ____.
He has ____ the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, _______ and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the _____ tides;
And under the alders that skirt its ____,
Now soft on the ____, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the _____ of his steed as he rides.
It was twelve by the village _____,
When he crossed the ______ into Medford town.
He heard the _______ of the cock,
And the _______ of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the _____ fog,
That rises after the ___ goes down.
It was ___ by the village clock,
When he ________ into Lexington.
He ___ the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he ______,
And the meeting-house _______, blank and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral _____,
As if they already ______ aghast
At the bloody work they would ____ upon.
It was __ by the village clock,
____ he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the ________ of the flock,
And the twitter of _____ among the trees,
And felt the breath of the _______ breeze
Blowing over the _______ brown.
And one was safe and ______ in his bed.
Who at the bridge would be _____ to fall,
Who that day would be lying ____,
_______ by a British musket-ball.
You know the ____. In the books you have read,
How the British Regulars fired and ____,—
How the farmers gave them ____ for ball,
From behind each _____ and farm-yard wall,
Chasing the ___-coats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge _____
Under the _____ at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and ____.
So through the night rode Paul _____;
And so through the night went his ___ of alarm
To _____ Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance and ___ of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a _____ at the door
And a word that shall ____ forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the ____,
Through all our _______, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and ____,
The people will waken and ______ to hear
The hurrying ____-beats of that steed,
And the midnight _______ of Paul Revere.

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