I Hear America Singing

  • I Hear America Singing

  • Walt Whitman

    I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,

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  • 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,

  • 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 deckhand 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 noon intermission or at sundown,

  • 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 him or her and to none else,

  • The day what belongs to the day— at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,

  • Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

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