301. There Was A Child Went Forth THERE was a child went forth every day;
And the first object he look'd upon, that object he became; And that object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of
311. As I Watche'd The Ploughman Ploughing AS I watch'd the ploughman ploughing,
Or the sower sowing in the fields--or the harvester harvesting, I saw there too, O life and death, your analogies:
312. In Former Songs IN former songs Pride have I sung, and Love, and passionate, joyful
Life, But here I twine the strands of Patriotism and Death.
313. On Journeys Through The States ON journeys through the States we start,
(Ay, through the world--urged by these songs, Sailing henceforth to every land--to every sea;)
314. Year That Trembled YEAR that trembled and reel'd beneath me!
Your summer wind was warm enough--yet the air I breathed froze me; A thick gloom fell through the sunshine and darken'd me;
315. Spontaneous Me SPONTANEOUS me, Nature,
The loving day, the mounting sun, the friend I am happy with, The arm of my friend hanging idly over my shoulder,
316. As A Strong Bird On Pinious Free AS a strong bird on pinions free,
Joyous, the amplest spaces heavenward cleaving, Such be the thought I'd think to-day of thee, America,
317. Out Of The Rolling Ocean, The Crowd OUT of the rolling ocean, the crowd, came a drop gently to me,
Whispering, I love you, before long I die, I have travel'd a long way, merely to look on you, to touch you,
318. Thou Orb Aloft Full-dazzling THOU orb aloft full-dazzling! thou hot October noon!
Flooding with sheeny light the gray beach sand, The sibilant near sea with vistas far and foam,
319. Turn, O Libertad TURN, O Libertad, for the war is over,
(From it and all henceforth expanding, doubting no more, resolute, sweeping the world,)
320. The Untold Want THE untold want, by life and land ne'er granted,
Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.
321. Carol Of Occupations COME closer to me;
Push close, my lovers, and take the best I possess; Yield closer and closer, and give me the best you possess.
322. Song Of Myself, X Alone far in the wilds and mountains I hunt,
Wandering amazed at my own lightness and glee,In the late afternoon choosing a safe spot to pass the night,
324. A Child Said, What Is The Grass? A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full
hands;How could I answer the child?. . . .I do not know what it
325. Race Of Veterans RACE of veterans! Race of victors!
Race of the soil, ready for conflict! race of the conquering march! (No more credulity's race, abiding-temper'd race;)
326. To Foreign Lands I HEARD that you ask'd for something to prove this puzzle, the New
World, And to define America, her athletic Democracy;
327. Virgil Strange I Kept On The Field VIGIL strange I kept on the field one night:
When you, my son and my comrade, dropt at my side that day, One look I but gave, which your dear eyes return'd, with a look I
328. When I Read The Book WHEN I read the book, the biography famous,
And is this, then, (said I,) what the author calls a man's life? And so will some one, when I am dead and gone, write my life?
329. Tears Tears! tears! tears!
In the night, in solitude, tears; On the white shore dripping, dripping, suck'd in by the sand;
336. Whispers Of Heavenly Death Whispers of heavenly death, murmur'd I hear;
Labial gossip of night-sibilant chorals; Footsteps gently ascending-mystical breezes, wafted soft and low;
337. When I Heard The Learn’d Astronomer When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
338. When I Heard At The Close Of The Day When I heard at the close of the day how my name
had been receiv'd with plaudits in the capitol, still it was not a happy night for me that follow'd;
339. We Two Boys Together Clinging We two boys together clinging,
One the other never leaving, Up and down the roads going-North and South excursions making,
340. To You Whoever you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams,
I fear these supposed realities are to melt from under your feet and hands; Even now, your features, joys, speech, house, trade, manners, troubles, follies,
342. To A Common Prostitute Be composed-be at ease with me-I am Walt Whitman, liberal and lusty as Nature;
Not till the sun excludes you, do I exclude you; Not till the waters refuse to glisten for you, and the leaves to rustle for you,
343. These, I, Singing In Spring These, I, singing in spring, collect for lovers,
(For who but I should understand lovers, and all their sorrow and joy?And who but I should be the poet of comrades?)
344. The Dalliance Of The Eagles Skirting the river road, (my forenoon walk, my rest)
Skyward in air a sudden muffled sound, the dalliance of the eagles,The rushing amorous contact high in space together,
345. Souvenirs Of Democracy The business man, the acquirer vast,
After assiduous years, surveying results, preparing for departure, Devises houses and lands to his children-bequeaths stocks, goods-funds for a school or hospital,
346. Song Of Myself 1
I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume,
347. Song At Sunset Splendor of ended day, floating and filling me!
Hour prophetic-hour resuming the past! Inflating my throat-you, divine average!
All the hills and vales along
Earth is bursting into song,
And the singers are the chaps
Who are going to die perhaps.
O sing, marching men,
Till the valleys ring again.
Give your gladness to earth's keeping,
So be glad, when you are sleeping.
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