Walt Whitman

As The Time Draws Nigh

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







  AS the time draws nigh, glooming, a cloud,
  A dread beyond, of I know not what, darkens me.

  I shall go forth,
  I shall traverse The States awhile--but I cannot tell whither or how
  long;
  Perhaps soon, some day or night while I am singing, my voice will
  suddenly cease.

  O book, O chants! must all then amount to but this?
  Must we barely arrive at this beginning of us?... And yet it is
  enough, O soul!
  O soul! we have positively appear'd--that is enough.

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