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Pensive on Her Dead Gazing.

Part of the cluster SONGS OF PARTING.


PENSIVE on her dead gazing I heard the Mother of All, Desperate on the torn bodies, on the forms covering the battle- 
 fields gazing,
(As the last gun ceased, but the scent of the powder-smoke  
As she call'd to her earth with mournful voice while she stalk'd, Absorb them well O my earth, she cried, I charge you lose not  
 my sons, lose not an atom,
And you streams absorb them well, taking their dear blood, And you local spots, and you airs that swim above lightly  
And all you essences of soil and growth, and you my rivers' depths, And you mountain sides, and the woods where my dear children's  
 blood trickling redden'd,
And you trees down in your roots to bequeath to all future trees, My dead absorb or South or North—my young men's bodies  
 absorb, and their precious precious blood,
Which holding in trust for me faithfully back again give me many  
 a year hence,
In unseen essence and odor of surface and grass, centuries hence, In blowing airs from the fields back again give me my darlings, 
 give my immortal heroes,
Exhale me them centuries hence, breathe me their breath, let not  
 an atom be lost,
O years and graves! O air and soil! O my dead, an aroma sweet! Exhale them perennial sweet death, years, centuries hence.

Part of the cluster SONGS OF PARTING.

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