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The miracle spreading bathing all, the fulfill'd noon,
The coming eve delicious, the welcome night and the stars,
Over my cities shining all, enveloping man and land,

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Sing on, sing on you gray-brown bird,

Sing from the swamps, the recesses, pour your chant from the bushes,/

Limitless out of the dusk, out of the cedars and pines.

Sing on dearest brother, warble your reedy song,
Loud human song, with voice of uttermost woe,

O liquid and free and tender!

O wild and loose to my soul

wondrous singer!

You only I hear yet the star holds me, (but will soon depart,) Yet the lilac with mastering odor holds me,

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Now while I sat in the day and look'd forth,

In the close of the day with its light and the fields of spring, and the farmers preparing their crops,

In the large unconscious scenery of my land with its lakes and forests,

In the heavenly aerial beauty, (after the perturb'd winds and the storms,)

Under the arching heavens of the afternoon swift passing, and the voices of children and women,

The many-moving sea-tides, and I saw the ships how they sail'd,

And the summer approaching with richness, and the fields all busy with labor,

And the infinite separate houses, how they all went on, each with its meals and minutia of daily usages,

And the streets how their throbbings throbb'd, and the cities pent -lo, then and there,"

Falling upon them all and among them all, enveloping me with the


Appear'd the cloud, appear'd the long black trail,

And I knew death, its thought, and the sacred knowledge of death.

Then with the knowledge of death as walking one side of me,
And the thought of death close-walking the other side of me,

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And I in the middle as with companions, and as holding the hands of companions,

I fled forth to the hiding receiving night that talks not,

Down to the shores of the water, the path by the swamp in the dimness,

To the solemn shadowy cedars and ghostly pines so still,

And the singer so shy to the rest receiv'd me,

The gray-brown bird I know receiv'd us comrades three,
And he sang the carol of death, and a verse for him I love.

From deep secluded recesses,

From the fragrant cedars and the ghostly pines so still,
Came the carol of the bird.

And the charm of the carol rapt me,

As I held as if by their hands my comrades in the night,
And the voice of my spirit tallied the song of the bird.

Come lovely and soothing death,

Undulate round the world, serenely arriving, arriving,
In the day, in the night, to all, to each,
Sooner or later delicate death.

Prais'd be the fathomless universe,

For life and joy, and for objects and knowledge curious,
And for love, sweet love but praise! praise! praise!
For the sure-enwinding arms of cool-enfolding death.

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Dark mother always gliding near with soft feet,

Have none chanted for thee a chant of fullest welcome?
Then I chant it for thee, I glorify thee above all,

I bring thee a song that when thou must indeed come, come unfal


When it is so, when thou hast taken them I joyously sing the dead,
Lost in the loving floating ocean of thee,
Laved in the flood of thy bliss O death.

From me to thee glad serenadesh,


Dances for thee I propose saluting thee, adornments and feastings for thee,


And the sights of the open landscape and the high-spread sky are



And life and the fields, and the huge and thoughtful night.


The night in silence under many a sta
The ocean shore and the husky whispering wave whose
And the soul turning to the vast and well-veil'd death/
And the body gratefully nestling close to theg.

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Loud in the pines and cedars dim,

Clear in the freshness moist and the swamp-perfume,
And I with my comrades there in the night.


Over the tree-tops I float thee a song,



Over the rising and sinking waves, over the myriad fields and the prairies wide C 1

Over the dense-pack'd cities all and the teeming wharves and ways, I float this carol with joy, with joy to thee Ở death!


To the tally of my soul,

Loud and strong kept up the gray-brown bird,
With pure deliberate notes spreading filling the night,

While my sight that was bound in my eyes unclosed,
As to long panoramas of visions,

voice I

And I saw askant the armies,

I saw as in noiseless dreams hundreds of battle-flags,
Borne through the smoke of the battles and pierc'd with missiles
I saw them,

And carried hither and yon through the smoke, and torn and bloody,

And at last but a few shreds left on the staffs, (and all in silence,) And the staffs all splinter'd and broken.


Passing the visions, passing the night,

Passing, unloosing the hold of my comrades' hands,

I saw battle-corpses, myriads of them,

And the white skeletons of young men, I saw them,

I saw the debris and debris of all the slain soldiers of the war,
But I saw they were not as was thought,

They themselves were fully at rest, they suffer'd not,
The living remain'd and suffer'd, the mother suffer'd,

And the wife and the child and the musing comrade suffer'd,
And the armies that remain'd suffer'd.

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Passing the song of the hermit bird and the tallying song of my soul,

Victorious song, death's outlet song, yet varying ever-altering song, As low and wailing, yet clear the notes, rising and falling flooding the night,

Sadly sinking and fainting, as warning and warning, and yet again bursting with joy,

Covering the earth and filling the spread of the heaven,
As that powerful psalm in the night I heard from recesses,
Passing, I leave thee lilac with heart-shaped leaves,

I leave thee there in the door-yard, blooming returning with spring.

I cease from my song for thee,

From my gaze on thee in the west, fronting the west, communing with thee,

O comrade lustrous with silver face in the night.

Yet each to keep and all, retrievements out of the night,
The song, the wondrous chant of the gray-brown bird,
And the tallying chant, the echo arous'd in my soul,
With the lustrous and drooping star with the countenance full

of woe,

With the holders holding my hand nearing the call of the bird, Comrades mine and I in the midst, and their memory ever to keep, for the dead I loved so well,/

For the sweetest, wisest soul of all my days and lands and this for his dear sakę,

Lilac and star and bird twined with the chant of my soul,
There in the fragrant pines and the cedars dusk and dim.


O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,

The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;

But O heart! heart! heart!

O the bleeding drops of red,

Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;

Rise up for you the flag is flung - for you the bugle trills,

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For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths-for you the shores a-crowding,

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For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneatli your head!

It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,

My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won ;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,

Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


(May 4, 1865.)

HUSH'D be the camps to-day,

And soldiers let us drape our war-worn weapons,
And each with musing soul retire to celebrate,
Our dear commander's death.

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No more for him life's stormy conflicts,

Nor victory, nor defeat—no more time's dark events,
Charging like ceaseless clouds across the sky.

But sing poet in our name, Sing of the love we bore him - because you, dweller in camps, know it truly.

As they invault the coffin there,

Sing as they close the doors of earth

For the heavy hearts of soldiers.

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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,
Was saved the Union of these States.

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