Friday, July 4, 2008

i hear america singing

I 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;
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.

- Walt Whitman

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