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Part of the cluster SONGS OF PARTING.



OF these years I sing, How they pass and have pass'd through convuls'd pains, as through  
How America illustrates birth, muscular youth, the promise, the  
 sure fulfilment, the absolute success, despite of people—  
 illustrates evil as well as good,
The vehement struggle so fierce for unity in one's-self; How many hold despairingly yet to the models departed, caste,  
 myths, obedience, compulsion, and to infidelity,
How few see the arrived models, the athletes, the Western States,  
 or see freedom or spirituality, or hold any faith in results,
(But I see the athletes, and I see the results of the war glorious  
 and inevitable, and they again leading to other results.)
How the great cities appear—how the Democratic masses, turbu- 
 lent, wilful, as I love them,
How the whirl, the contest, the wrestle of evil with good, the  
 sounding and resounding, keep on and on,
How society waits unform'd, and is for a while between things  
 ended and things begun,
How America is the continent of glories, and of the triumph of  
 freedom and of the Democracies, and of the fruits of so- 
 ciety, and of all that is begun,
And how the States are complete in themselves—and how all  
 triumphs and glories are complete in themselves, to lead  
And how these of mine and of the States will in their turn be con- 
 vuls'd, and serve other parturitions and transitions,
And how all people, sights, combinations, the democratic masses  
 too, serve—and how every fact, and war itself, with all its  
 horrors, serves,
And how now or at any time each serves the exquisite transition  
 of death.


Of seeds dropping into the ground, of births, Of the steady concentration of America, inland, upward, to im- 
 pregnable and swarming places,
Of what Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, and the rest, are to be, Of what a few years will show there in Nebraska, Colorado,  
 Nevada, and the rest,
(Or afar, mounting the Northern Pacific to Sitka or Aliaska,)   [ begin page 374 ]ppp.01663.380.jpg Of what the feuillage of America is the preparation for—and of  
 what all sights, North, South, East and West, are,
Of this Union welded in blood, of the solemn price paid, of the  
 unnamed lost ever present in my mind;
Of the temporary use of materials for identity's sake, Of the present, passing, departing—of the growth of completer  
 men than any yet,
Of all sloping down there where the fresh free giver the mother,  
 the Mississippi flows,
Of mighty inland cities yet unsurvey'd and unsuspected, Of the new and good names, of the modern developments, of  
 inalienable homesteads,
Of a free and original life there, of simple diet and clean and  
 sweet blood,
Of litheness, majestic faces, clear eyes, and perfect physique there, Of immense spiritual results future years far West, each side of the  
Of these songs, well understood there, (being made for that area,) Of the native scorn of grossness and gain there, (O it lurks in me night and day—what is gain after all to savage- 
 ness and freedom?)

Part of the cluster SONGS OF PARTING.

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