Walt Whitman

In Former Songs

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







  IN former songs Pride have I sung, and Love, and passionate, joyful
  Life,
  But here I twine the strands of Patriotism and Death.

  And now, Life, Pride, Love, Patriotism and Death,
  To you, O FREEDOM, purport of all!
  (You that elude me most--refusing to be caught in songs of mine,)
  I offer all to you.

  'Tis not for nothing, Death,
  I sound out you, and words of you, with daring tone--embodying you,
  In my new Democratic chants--keeping you for a close,
  For last impregnable retreat--a citadel and tower, 10
  For my last stand--my pealing, final cry.

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