by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Song of the banner
Language: English  after the English 
O, a new song, a free song,
Flapping, flapping, flapping, flapping, by sounds, by voices clearer,
By the wind's voice,
By the banner's voice, and child's voice, and sea's voice, and father's voice,
Low on the ground and high in the air,
Where the banner at daybreak is flapping.

We hear and see not strips of cloth alone;
We hear again the tramp of armies,
We hear the drums beat, and the trumpets blowing,
We hear the jubilant shouts of millions of men,
We hear liberty.

Note: based on stanzas 1 and 12

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This text was added to the website: 2010-10-22
Line count: 11
Word count: 86