The commonplace I sing; How cheap is health! how cheap nobility! Abstinence, no falsehood, no gluttony, lust; The open air I sing, freedom, toleration, (Take here the mainest lesson -- less from books -- less from the schools,) The common day and night -- the common earth and waters, Your farm -- your work, [trade]1, occupation, The democratic wisdom underneath, like solid ground for all.
1 Bacon: "your trade"
- by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892), "The commonplace" [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 Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "The commonplace", 1940, published 1946 [voice and piano], NY : Associated Music [text verified 1 time]
- by Roy Harris (1898 - 1979), "The commonplace", published 1941 [SATB chorus a cappella], NY : Mills Music [text not verified]
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