Poésies de Walt Whitman

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  • 1861

    ARM'D year! year of the struggle!
    No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year!


  • A Boston Ballad, 1854

    TO get betimes in Boston town, I rose this morning early;
    Here's a good place at the corner--I must stand and see the show.

  • A child said, What is the grass?

    A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full
    How could I answer the child?. . . .I do not know what it

  • A Child's Amaze

    SILENT and amazed, even when a little boy,
    I remember I heard the preacher every Sunday put God in his

  • A Clear Midnight

    THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
    Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,

  • A Farm-Picture

    THROUGH the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,
    A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding;

  • A Glimpse

    A GLIMPSE, through an interstice caught,
    Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a bar-room, around the stove,

  • A Hand-Mirror

    HOLD it up sternly! See this it sends back! (Who is it? Is it you?)
    Outside fair costume--within ashes and filth,

  • A Leaf For Hand In Hand

    A LEAF for hand in hand!
    You natural persons old and young!
    You on the Mississippi, and on all the branches and bayous of the

  • A March In The Ranks, Hard-prest

    A MARCH in the ranks hard-prest, and the road unknown;
    A route through a heavy wood, with muffled steps in the darkness;

  • A Noiseless Patient Spider

    A NOISELESS, patient spider,
    I mark'd, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;

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  • Darest Thou Now O Soul

    Darest thou now O soul,
    Walk out with me toward the unknown region,

  • Darest Thou Now, O Soul

    DAREST thou now, O Soul,
    Walk out with me toward the Unknown Region,

  • Debris

    HE is wisest who has the most caution,
    He only wins who goes far enough.

  • Delicate Cluster

    DELICATE cluster! flag of teeming life!
    Covering all my lands! all my sea-shores lining!

  • Despairing Cries

    DESPAIRING cries float ceaselessly toward me, day and night,

  • Dirge For Two Veterans

    THE last sunbeam
    Lightly falls from the finish'd Sabbath,
    On the pavement here--and there beyond, it is looking,

  • Drum-Taps

    Aroused and angry,
    I thought to beat the alarum, and urge relentless war;


  • Earth! my Likeness!

    EARTH! my likeness!
    Though you look so impassive, ample and spheric there,
    I now suspect that is not all;

  • Eidólons

    I MET a Seer,
    Passing the hues and objects of the world,
    The fields of art and learning, pleasure, sense,
    To glean Eidólons.

  • Elemental Drifts

    ELEMENTAL drifts!
    How I wish I could impress others as you have just been impressing

  • Ethiopia Saluting The Colors

    WHO are you, dusky woman, so ancient, hardly human,
    With your woolly-white and turban'd head, and bare bony feet?

  • Europe, The 72d And 73d Years Of These States

    SUDDENLY, out of its stale and drowsy lair, the lair of slaves,
    Like lightning it le'pt forth, half startled at itself,

  • Excelsior

    WHO has gone farthest? For lo! have not I gone farther?
    And who has been just? For I would be the most just person of the


  • Faces

    SAUNTERING the pavement, or riding the country by-road--lo! such

  • Facing West From California's Shores

    FACING west, from California's shores,
    Inquiring, tireless, seeking what is yet unfound,

  • Fast Anchor'd, Eternal, O Love

    FAST-ANCHOR'D, eternal, O love! O woman I love!
    O bride! O wife! more resistless than I can tell, the thought of you!

  • For Him I Sing

    FOR him I sing,
    I raise the Present on the Past,
    (As some perennial tree, out of its roots, the present on the past:)

  • France, The 18th Year Of These States

    A GREAT year and place;
    A harsh, discordant, natal scream out-sounding, to touch the mother's
    heart closer than any yet.

  • From Far Dakota's Canons

    FROM far Dakota's cañons,
    Lands of the wild ravine, the dusky Sioux, the lonesome stretch, the

  • From My Last Years

    FROM my last years, last thoughts I here bequeath,
    Scatter'd and dropt, in seeds, and wafted to the West,

  • From Paumanok Starting

    FROM Paumanock starting, I fly like a bird,
    Around and around to soar, to sing the idea of all;

  • From Pent-up Aching Rivers

    FROM pent-up, aching rivers;
    From that of myself, without which I were nothing;

  • Full Of Life, Now

    FULL of life, now, compact, visible,
    I, forty years old the Eighty-third Year of The States,


  • Germs

    FORMS, qualities, lives, humanity, language, thoughts,
    The ones known, and the ones unknown--the ones on the stars,

  • Give Me The Splendid, Silent Sun

    GIVE me the splendid silent sun, with all his beams full-dazzling;
    Give me juicy autumnal fruit, ripe and red from the orchard;

  • Gliding Over All

    GLIDING o'er all, through all,
    Through Nature, Time, and Space,
    As a ship on the waters advancing,

  • God

    THOUGHT of the Infinite--the All!
    Be thou my God.
    Lover Divine, and Perfect Comrade!


  • Had I the Choice

    Had I the choice to tally greatest bards,
    To limn their portraits, stately, beautiful, and emulate at will,

  • Hast Never Come To Thee An Hour

    HAST never come to thee an hour,
    A sudden gleam divine, precipitating, bursting all these bubbles,
    fashions, wealth?

  • Here The Frailest Leaves Of Me

    HERE the frailest leaves of me, and yet my strongest-lasting:
    Here I shade and hide my thoughts--I myself do not expose them,

  • Here, Sailor

    WHAT ship, puzzled at sea, cons for the true reckoning?
    Or, coming in, to avoid the bars, and follow the channel, a perfect

  • Hours Continuing Long

    HOURS continuing long, sore and heavy-hearted,
    Hours of the dusk, when I withdraw to a lonesome and unfrequented

  • How Solemn As One By One

    HOW solemn, as one by one,
    As the ranks returning, all worn and sweaty--as the men file by where
    I stand;

  • Hush'd Be The Camps To-day

    HUSH'D be the camps to-day;
    And, soldiers, let us drape our war-worn weapons;
    And each with musing soul retire, to celebrate,

  • Hush'd Be the Camps Today

    Hush'd be the camps today,
    And soldiers let us drape our war-worn weapons,
    And each with musing soul retire to celebrate,



  • Joy, Shipmate, Joy!

    Joy! shipmate--joy!
    (Pleas'd to my Soul at death I cry;)
    Our life is closed--our life begins;


  • Kosmos

    WHO includes diversity, and is Nature,
    Who is the amplitude of the earth, and the coarseness and sexuality


  • Laws For Creations

    LAWS for Creations,
    For strong artists and leaders--for fresh broods of teachers, and
    perfect literats for America,

  • Leaves Of Grass. A Carol Of Harvest For 1867

    A SONG of the good green grass!
    A song no more of the city streets;
    A song of farms--a song of the soil of fields.

  • Lessons

    THERE are who teach only the sweet lessons of peace and safety;
    But I teach lessons of war and death to those I love,

  • Lo! Victress On The Peaks

    LO! Victress on the peaks!
    Where thou, with mighty brow, regarding the world,

  • Locations And Times

    LOCATIONS and times--what is it in me that meets them all, whenever
    and wherever, and makes me at home?

  • Long I Thought That Knowledge

    LONG I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me--O if I could
    but obtain knowledge!

  • Long, Too Long America

    Long, too long America,
    Traveling roads all even and peaceful you learn'd from joys and prosperity only,

  • Long, Too Long, O Land!

    LONG, too long, O land,
    Traveling roads all even and peaceful, you learn'd from joys and
    prosperity only;

  • Look Down, Fair Moon

    LOOK down, fair moon, and bathe this scene;
    Pour softly down night's nimbus floods, on faces ghastly, swollen,


  • Mannahatta

    I WAS asking for something specific and perfect for my city,
    Whereupon, lo! upsprang the aboriginal name!

  • Mannahattan

    I WAS asking for something specific and perfect for my city,
    Whereupon, lo! upsprang the aboriginal name!

  • Me Imperturbe

    ME imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature,
    Master of all, or mistress of all--aplomb in the midst of irrational

  • Mediums

    THEY shall arise in the States,
    They shall report Nature, laws, physiology, and happiness;

  • Miracles

    WHY! who makes much of a miracle?
    As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles,
    Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,

  • Mother And Babe

    I SEE the sleeping babe, nestling the breast of its mother;
    The sleeping mother and babe--hush'd, I study them long and long.

  • My Picture-Callery

    IN a little house keep I pictures suspended, it is not a fix'd house,

  • Myself And Mine

    MYSELF and mine gymnastic ever,
    To stand the cold or heat--to take good aim with a gun--to sail a





  • Quicksand Years

    QUICKSAND years that whirl me I know not whither,
    Your schemes, politics, fail--lines give way--substances mock and
    elude me;


  • Race Of Veterans

    RACE of veterans! Race of victors!
    Race of the soil, ready for conflict! race of the conquering march!


  • Year That Trembled

    YEAR that trembled and reel'd beneath me!
    Your summer wind was warm enough--yet the air I breathed froze me;

  • Years Of The Modern

    YEARS of the modern! years of the unperform'd!
    Your horizon rises--I see it parting away for more august dramas;

  • Yet, Yet, Ye Downcast Hours

    YET, yet, ye downcast hours, I know ye also;
    Weights of lead, how ye clog and cling at my ankles!