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I hear America singing…Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;

I hear America singing…Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;

posted on Thursday June 30, 2011 | in River of Beauty and Youth | 1 Comment

By Walt Whitman (1819-1892)  1891

from Leaves of Grass

HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat—the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck; 5
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench—the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter’s song—the ploughboy’s, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother—or of the young wife at work—or of the girl sewing or washing—Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day—At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.

Image: Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte and Kanye West via NY Times.

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1 Comment

  1. Eli (Reply) on Thursday 30, 2011

    I saw this and smiled! *Smile*
    Its a great image, fashion + music = great combo.

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