Walt Whitman Poems

  • 301.  
    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
  • 302.  
    ROOTS and leaves themselves alone are these;
    Scents brought to men and women from the wild woods, and from the pond-side,
  • 303.  
    ONE'S-SELF I sing--a simple, separate Person;
    Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-masse.
  • 304.  
    I SEE in you the estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as
    it pours in the great Sea.
  • 305.  
    TO ORATISTS--to male or female,
    Vocalism, measure, concentration, determination, and the divine power to use words.
  • 306.  
    OF the terrible doubt of appearances,
    Of the uncertainty after all--that we may be deluded, That may-be reliance and hope are but speculations after all,
  • 307.  
    O SUN of real peace! O hastening light!
    O free and extatic! O what I here, preparing, warble for! O the sun of the world will ascend, dazzling, and take his height--
  • 308.  
    SOMETIMES with one I love, I fill myself with rage, for fear I effuse
    unreturn'd love; But now I think there is no unreturn'd love--the pay is certain, one
  • 309.  
    AN old man's thought of School;
    An old man, gathering youthful memories and blooms, that youth itself cannot.
  • 310.  
    AS I walk these broad, majestic days of peace,
    (For the war, the struggle of blood finish'd, wherein, O terrific Ideal!
  • 311.  
    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 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 we start,
    (Ay, through the world--urged by these songs, Sailing henceforth to every land--to every sea;)
  • 314.  
    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, 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 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, 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 hot October noon!
    Flooding with sheeny light the gray beach sand, The sibilant near sea with vistas far and foam,
  • 319.  
    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, by life and land ne'er granted,
    Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.
  • 321.  
    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.  
    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,
  • 323.  
    At the last, tenderly,

  • 324.  
    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 victors!
    Race of the soil, ready for conflict! race of the conquering march! (No more credulity's race, abiding-temper'd race;)
  • 326.  
    I HEARD that you ask'd for something to prove this puzzle, the New
    World, And to define America, her athletic Democracy;
  • 327.  
    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, 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!
    In the night, in solitude, tears; On the white shore dripping, dripping, suck'd in by the sand;
  • 330.  

  • 331.  
    This dust was once the Man,
    Gentle, plain, just and resolute-under whose cautious hand,Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
  • 332.  

  • 333.  
    To-day, from each and all, a breath of prayer-a pulse of thought,
    To memory of Him-to birth of Him.
  • 334.  
    At the last, tenderly,
    From the walls of the powerful, fortress'd house,From the clasp of the knitted locks-from the keep of the well-closed doors,
  • 335.  
    Who is now reading this?

  • 336.  
    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 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 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,
    One the other never leaving, Up and down the roads going-North and South excursions making,
  • 340.  
    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,
  • 341.  

  • 342.  
    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, 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.  
    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.  
    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.  
    I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume,
  • 347.  
    Splendor of ended day, floating and filling me!
    Hour prophetic-hour resuming the past! Inflating my throat-you, divine average!
  • 348.  

  • 349.  
    Pensive, on her dead gazing, I heard the Mother of All,
    Desperate, on the torn bodies, on the forms covering the battle-fields gazing; (As the last gun ceased-but the scent of the powder-smoke linger'd;)
  • 350.  

Total 372 poems written by Walt Whitman

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Charles Hamilton Sorley Poem
All The Hills And Vales Along
 by Charles Hamilton Sorley

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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