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by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

(Pass ‑‑ pass, ye proud brigades!
Language: English 
(Pass -- pass, ye proud brigades!
So handsome, dress’d in blue -- with your tramping, sinewy legs;
With your shoulders young and strong -- with your knapsacks and your muskets;
 -- How elate I stood and watch’d you, where, starting off, you march’d!
  
Pass; -- then rattle, drums, again!
Scream, you steamers on the river, out of whistles
  loud and shrill, your salutes!
For an army heaves in sight -- O another gathering army!
Swarming, trailing on the rear -- O you dread, accruing army!
O you regiments so piteous, with your mortal diarrhoea!
  with your fever!
O my land’s maimed darlings! with the plenteous
  bloody bandage and the crutch!
Lo! your pallid army follow’d!)

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, Philadelphia: David McKay, c1900.


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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2022-04-18
Line count: 14
Word count: 108