Song Of The Universal Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


COME said the MuseA
Sing me a song no poet yet has chantedB
Sing me the UniversalC
In this broad Earth of oursD
Amid the measureless grossness and the slagE
Enclosed and safe within its central heartF
Nestles the seed PerfectionG
By every life a share or more or lessH
None born but it is born conceal'd or unconceal'd the seed isI
Lo keen eyed towering ScienceK
As from tall peaks the Modern overlookingJ
Successive absolute fiats issuingJ
Yet again lo the Soul above all scienceK
For it has History gather'd like a husk around the globeL
For it the entire star myriads roll through the skyM
In spiral roads by long detoursN
As a much tacking ship upon the seaO
For it the partial to the permanent flowingJ
For it the Real to the Ideal tendsP
For it the mystic evolutionG
Not the right only justified what we call evil also justifiedQ
Forth from their masks no matter whatR
From the huge festering trunk from craft and guile and tearsS
Health to emerge and joy joy universalC
Out of the bulk the morbid and the shallowT
Out of the bad majority the varied countless frauds of men andU
Electric antiseptic yet cleaving suffusing allW
Only the good is universalC
Over the mountain growths disease and sorrowT
An uncaught bird is ever hovering hoveringJ
High in the purer happier airX
From imperfection's murkiest cloudY
Darts always forth one ray of perfect lightZ
One flash of Heaven's gloryO
To fashion's custom's discordA2
To the mad Babel din the deafening orgiesB2
Soothing each lull a strain is heard just heardC2
From some far shore the final chorus soundingJ
O the blest eyes the happy heartsD2
That see that know the guiding thread so fineE2
Along the mighty labyrinthF2
And thou AmericaG2
For the Scheme's culmination its Thought and its RealityO
For these not for thyself Thou hast arrivedH2
Thou too surroundest allW
Embracing carrying welcoming all Thou too by pathways broad andU
To the Ideal tendestU
The measur'd faiths of other lands the grandeurs of the pastU
Are not for Thee but grandeurs of Thine ownJ2
Deific faiths and amplitudes absorbing comprehending allW
All eligible to allW
All all for ImmortalityU
Love like the light silently wrapping allW
Nature's amelioration blessing allW
The blossoms fruits of ages orchards divine and certainG
Forms objects growths humanities to spiritual Images ripeningJ
Give me O God to sing that thoughtU
Give me give him or her I love this quenchless faithK2
In Thy ensemble Whatever else withheld withhold not from usL2
Belief in plan of Thee enclosed in Time and SpaceM2
Health peace salvation universalC
Is it a dreamN2
Nay but the lack of it the dreamN2
And failing it life's lore and wealth a dreamN2
And all the world a dreamN2

Walt Whitman


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