Quicksand years that whirl me I know not whither, Your schemes, politics, fail -- lines give way -- substances mock and elude me; Only the theme I sing, the great and strong-possess'd Soul, eludes not; One's-self must never give way -- that is the final substance -- that out of all is sure; Out of politics, triumphs, battles, life -- what at last finally remains? When shows break up, what but One's-Self is sure?
- by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892), "Quicksand years", appears in Leaves of Grass [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Samuel Hans Adler (b. 1928), "Quicksand years", published 1977 [medium voice and string quartet], from Sixth String Quartet (A Whitman Serenade), no. 2, New York, Carl Fischer [text not verified]
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