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Myself and this contentious soul of mine,
Still on our own campaigning bound,
Through untried roads with ambushes opponents lined,
Through many a sharp defeat and many a crisis, often baffled,
Here marching, ever marching on, a war fight out-aye here,
To fiercer, weightier battles give expression.


TURN O Libertad, for the war is over,

From it and all henceforth expanding, doubting no more, resolute, sweeping the world,

Turn from lands retrospective recording proofs of the past,
From the singers that sing the trailing glories of the past,
From the chants of the feudal world, the triumphs of kings, slavery,


Turn to the world, the triumphs reserv'd and to come —give up that backward world,

Leave to the singers of hitherto, give them the trailing past,
But what remains remains for singers for you

wars to come are

for you,

(Lo, how the wars of the past have duly inured to you, and the wars of the present also inure ;)

Then turn, and be not alarm'd O Libertad ·


To where the future, greater than all the past,
Is swiftly, surely preparing for you.

- turn your undying


To the leaven'd soil they trod calling I sing for the last,

(Forth from my tent emerging for good, loosing, untying the tent


In the freshness the forenoon air, in the far-stretching circuits and vistas again to peace restored,

To the fiery fields emanative and the endless vistas beyond, to the

South and the North,

To the leaven'd soil of the general Western world to attest my


To the Alleghanian hills and the tireless Mississippi,

To the rocks I calling sing, and all the trees in the woods,

To the plains of the poems of heroes, to the prairies spreading


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To the far-off sea and the unseen winds, and the sane impalpa. air;

And responding they answer all, (but not in words,)

The average earth, the witness of war and peace, acknowledges mutely,

The prairie draws me close, as the father to bosom broad the son, The Northern ice and rain that began me nourish me to the end, But the hot sun of the South is to fully ripen my songs.




WHEN lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd,

And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night, I mourn'd, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.

Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,

Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love.


O powerful western fallen star!

O shades of nightO moody, tearful night!

O great star disappear'dO the black murk that hides the star! O cruel hands that hold me powerless-O helpless soul of me! O harsh surrounding cloud that will not free my soul.


In the dooryard fronting an old farm-house near the white-wash'd palings,

Stands the lilac-bush tall-growing with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,

With many a pointed blossom rising delicate, with the perfume strong I love,

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Mith every leaf a miracle and from this bush in the dooryard, With delicate-color'd blossoms and heart-shaped leaves of rich



A sprig with its flower I break,


In the swamp in secluded recesses,

A shy and hidden bird is warbling a song.

Solitary the thrush,,

The hermit withdrawn to himself, avoiding the settlements,
Sings by himself a song./

Song of the bleeding throat,

Death's outlet song of life, (for well dear brother I know,
If thou wast not granted to sing thou would'st surely die.),


Over the breast of the spring, the land, amid cities,

Amid lanes and through old woods, where lately the violets peep'd from the ground, spotting the gray debris,

Amid the grass in the fields each side of the lanes, passing the

endless grass,

Passing the yellow-spear'd wheat, every grain from its shroud in the dark-brown fields uprisen,

Passing the apple-tree blows of white and pink in the orchards,
Carrying a corpse to where it shall rest in the grave,
Night and day journeys a coffin,


Coffin that passes through lanes and streets,

Through day and night with the great cloud darkening the land, With the pomp of the inloop'd flags with the cities draped in black, With the show of the States themselves as of crape-veil'd women standing,

With processions long and winding and the flambeaus of the night, With the countless torches lit, with the silent sea of faces and the unbared heads,

With the waiting depot, the arriving coffin, and the sombre faces, With dirges through the night, with the thousand voices rising strong and solemn,

With all the mournful voices of the dirges pour'd around the coffin, The dim-lit churches and the shuddering organs- where amid

these you journey,

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With the tolling tolling bells' perpetual clang,
Here, coffin that slowly passes,
I give you my sprig of lilac,


(Nor for you, for one alone,

Blossoms and branches green to coffins all I bring,
For fresh as the morning, thus would I chant a song for
sane and sacred death.

All over bouquets of roses,

O death, I cover you over with roses and early lilies,
But mostly and now the lilac that blooms the first,
Copious I break, I break the sprigs from the bushes,
With loaded arms I come, pouring for you,
For you and the coffins all of you O death.)


you O

O western orb sailing the heaven,

Now I know what you must have meant as a month since I walk'd,

As I walk'd in silence the transparent shadowy night,

As I saw you had something to tell as you bent to me night after night,

As you droop'd from the sky low down as if to my side, (while the other stars all look'd on,)

As we wander'd together the solemn night, (for something I know not what kept me from sleep,)

As the night advanced, and I saw on the rim of the west how full

you were of woe,/

As I stood on the rising ground in the breeze in the cool trans

parent night,

As I watch'd where you pass'd and was lost in the netherward black of the night,


As my soul in its trouble dissatisfied sank, as where you sad orb, Concluded, dropt in the night, and was gone.

Sing on there in the swamp,

O singer bashful and tender, I hear your notes, I hear your call,
I hear, I come presently, I understand you,

But a moment I linger, for the lustrous star has detain'd me,
The star my departing comrade holds and detains me.

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O how shall I warble myself for the dead one there I loved?
And how shall I deck my song for the large sweet soul that has


And what shall my perfume be for the grave of him I love?

Sea-winds blown from east and west,

Blown from the Eastern sea and blown from the Western
there on the prairies meeting,

These and with these and the breath of my chant,
I'll perfume the grave of him I love


O what shall I hang on the chamber walls?

And what shall the pictures be that I hang on the walls,
To adorn the burial-house of him I love?

Pictures of growing spring and farms and homes,

With the Fourth-month eve at sundown, and the gray smoke lucid and bright,

With floods of the yellow gold of the gorgeous, indolent, sinking sun, burning, expanding the air,

sea, till

With the fresh sweet herbage under foot, and the pale green leaves of the trees prolific,

In the distance the flowing glaze, the breast of the river, with a wind-dapple here and there,

With ranging hills on the banks, with many a line against the sky, and shadows,

And the city at hand with dwellings so dense, and stacks of chim


And all the scenes of life and the workshops, and the workmen homeward returning.


Lo, body and soul-this land,

My own Manhattan with spires, and the sparkling and hurrying tides, and the ships,

The varied and ample land, the South and the North in the light, Ohio's shores and flashing Missouri,

And ever the far-spreading prairies cover'd with grass and corn.

Lo, the most excellent sun so calm and haughty,
The violet and purple morn with just-felt breezes,
The gentle soft-born measureless light,

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