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Chants Democratic and Native American 20


1AMERICAN mouth-songs! 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,
  [ begin page 193 ]ppp.01500.201.jpg 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 deck-hand 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  
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, clean-  
 blooded, singing with melodious voices, melo- 
 dious thoughts.
2Come! some of you! still be flooding The States  
 with hundreds and thousands of mouth-songs,  
 fit for The States only.
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