That Last Invocation

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)




   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,
   Let me be wafted.

   Let me glide noiselessly forth;
   With the key of softness unlock the locks--with a whisper,
   Set ope the doors, O Soul!

   Tenderly! be not impatient!
   (Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh!
   Strong is your hold, O love.)                                      10

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 29, 2023

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Scheme XXXXX XXX XXX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 458
Words 71
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 5, 3, 3

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