by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

I hear America singing, the varied...
Language: English 
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.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-05
Line count: 13
Word count: 153