One's-Self I sing -- a simple, [separate]1 Person; Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-masse. Of Physiology from top to toe I sing; Not physiognomy alone, nor brain alone, is worthy for the muse -- I say the Form complete is worthier far; The Female equally with the male I sing. Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power, Cheerful -- for freest action form'd, under the laws divine, The Modern Man I sing.
1 Fine: "sep'rate"
- by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892), "One's‑Self I sing", 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 Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "One's-Self I sing", 2009 [baritone and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Vivian Fine (1913 - 2000), "One's self I sing", 1986, first performed 1987 [vocal duet with piano], from Inscriptions, no. 1 [ sung text checked 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-22
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Word count: 72