Walt Whitman

Adieu To A Solider

Walter "Walt" Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist.







  ADIEU, O soldier!
  You of the rude campaigning, (which we shared,)
  The rapid march, the life of the camp,
  The hot contention of opposing fronts--the long manoeuver,
  Red battles with their slaughter,--the stimulus--the strong, terrific
  game,
  Spell of all brave and manly hearts--the trains of Time through you,
  and like of you, all fill'd,
  With war, and war's expression.

  Adieu, dear comrade!
  Your mission is fulfill'd--but I, more warlike,
  Myself, and this contentious soul of mine, 10
  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.

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