Leaves of Grass

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Leaves of Grass

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Walt Whitman

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Leaves of Grass (1855) is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman. Among the poems in the collection are "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," and in later editions, Whitman's elegy to the assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." Whitman spent his entire life writing Leaves of Grass, revising it in several editions until his death.

Contents (257)

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman
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BOOK I. INSCRIPTIONS
In Cabin’d Ships at Sea
To Foreign Lands
To Thee Old Cause
Eidolons
For Him I Sing
Beginning My Studies
To the States
To a Certain Cantatrice
Savantism
I Hear America Singing
What Place Is Besieged?
Poets to Come
Thou Reader
BOOK III
BOOK IV. CHILDREN OF ADAM
From Pent-Up Aching Rivers
I Sing the Body Electric
A Woman Waits for Me
Spontaneous Me
One Hour to Madness and Joy
Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd
Ages and Ages Returning at Intervals
O Hymen! O Hymenee!
Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City
Facing West from California’s Shores
BOOK V. CALAMUS
Scented Herbage of My Breast
Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand
For You, O Democracy
Not Heaving from My Ribb’d Breast Only
Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances
The Base of All Metaphysics
Recorders Ages Hence
When I Heard at the Close of the Day
Are You the New Person Drawn Toward Me?
Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes
Trickle Drops
Behold This Swarthy Face
To a Stranger
This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful
The Prairie-Grass Dividing
When I Peruse the Conquer’d Fame
A Promise to California
No Labor-Saving Machine
A Leaf for Hand in Hand
I Dream’d in a Dream
To the East and to the West
To a Western Boy
Among the Multitude
That Shadow My Likeness
BOOK VI
BOOK VII
BOOK VIII
BOOK IX
BOOK XI
BOOK XII
BOOK XIII
BOOK XIV
BOOK XV
BOOK XVI
Youth, Day, Old Age and Night
Pioneers! O Pioneers!
France [the 18th Year of these States
Myself and Mine
Year of Meteors [1859-60
With Antecedents
BOOK XVIII
BOOK XIX. SEA-DRIFT
As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life
To the Man-of-War-Bird
Aboard at a Ship’s Helm
The World below the Brine
On the Beach at Night Alone
Song for All Seas, All Ships
Patroling Barnegat
After the Sea-Ship
BOOK XX. BY THE ROADSIDE
Europe [The 72d and 73d Years of These States]
A Hand-Mirror
Perfections
To a President
To Rich Givers
Roaming in Thought [After reading Hegel]
The Runner
Thought
Gliding O’er all
To Old Age
To The States [To Identify the 16th, 17th, or 18th Presidentiad]
Eighteen Sixty-One
Beat! Beat! Drums!
From Paumanok Starting I Fly Like a Bird
Song of the Banner at Daybreak
Rise O Days from Your Fathomless Deeps
Virginia—The West
City of Ships
The Centenarian’s Story
Cavalry Crossing a Ford
An Army Corps on the March
Come Up from the Fields Father
Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night
A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown
A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim
As Toilsome I Wander’d Virginia’s Woods
Not the Pilot
The Wound-Dresser
Long, Too Long America
Dirge for Two Veterans
Over the Carnage Rose Prophetic a Voice
I Saw Old General at Bay
Ethiopia Saluting the Colors
Not Youth Pertains to Me
World Take Good Notice
Look Down Fair Moon
How Solemn As One by One [Washington City, 1865]
As I Lay with My Head in Your Lap Camerado
Delicate Cluster
Lo, Victress on the Peaks
Adieu to a Soldier
Turn O Libertad
To the Leaven’d Soil They Trod
BOOK XXII. MEMORIES OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN
O Captain! My Captain!
Hush’d Be the Camps To-Day [May 4, 1865
BOOK XXIII
Reversals
The Return of the Heroes
There Was a Child Went Forth
Old Ireland
The City Dead-House
This Compost
To a Foil’d European Revolutionaire
Unnamed Land
Song of Prudence
The Singer in the Prison
Warble for Lilac-Time
Outlines for a Tomb [G. P., Buried 1870]
Out from Behind This Mask [To Confront a Portrait]
Vocalism
To Him That Was Crucified
You Felons on Trial in Courts
Laws for Creations
To a Common Prostitute
Thought
Miracles
Sparkles from the Wheel
To a Pupil
Unfolded out of the Folds
What Am I After All
Others May Praise What They Like
O Star of France [1870-71]
The Ox-Tamer
Wandering at Morn
With All Thy Gifts
The Prairie States
BOOK XXVI
BOOK XXVII
BOOK XXVIII
Transpositions
BOOK XXX. WHISPERS OF HEAVENLY DEATH
Whispers of Heavenly Death
Of Him I Love Day and Night
Yet, Yet, Ye Downcast Hours
As If a Phantom Caress’d Me
Quicksand Years
What Ship Puzzled at Sea
O Living Always, Always Dying
Night on the Prairies
Thought
The Last Invocation
Pensive and Faltering
A Paumanok Picture
The Mystic Trumpeter
To a Locomotive in Winter
O Magnet-South
Mannahatta
All Is Truth
A Riddle Song
Excelsior
Ah Poverties, Wincings, and Sulky Retreats
Thoughts
Mediums
Weave in, My Hardy Life
From Far Dakota’s Canyons [June 25, 1876]
Old War-Dreams
Thick-Sprinkled Bunting
As I Walk These Broad Majestic Days
A Clear Midnight
Years of the Modern
Ashes of Soldiers
Thoughts
Song at Sunset
As at Thy Portals Also Death
Pensive on Her Dead Gazing
Camps of Green
The Sobbing of the Bells [Midnight, Sept. 19-20, 1881]
Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
These Carols
So Long!
BOOK XXXIV. SANDS AT SEVENTY
From Montauk Point
A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine
A Font of Type
My Canary Bird
The Wallabout Martyrs
America
After the Dazzle of Day
Halcyon Days
Election Day, November, 1884
With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!
Death of General Grant
Washington’s Monument February, 1885
Of That Blithe Throat of Thine
To Get the Final Lilt of Songs
The Dead Tenor
Continuities
Small the Theme of My Chant
True Conquerors
The Calming Thought of All
Life and Death
Soon Shall the Winter’s Foil Be Here
While Not the Past Forgetting
Stronger Lessons
Twenty Years
Orange Buds by Mail from Florida
You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me
The Dead Emperor
The Dismantled Ship
An Evening Lull
After the Supper and Talk
BOOKXXXV. GOOD-BYE MY FANCY
Good-Bye My Fancy
MY 71st Year
The Pallid Wreath
Old Age’s Ship & Crafty Death’s
Shakspere-Bacon’s Cipher
Bravo, Paris Exposition!
To the Sun-Set Breeze
Old Chants
A Christmas Greeting
A Twilight Song
When the Full-Grown Poet Came
A Voice from Death
A Persian Lesson
The Commonplace
Mirages
L. of G.’s Purport
The Unexpress’d
Unseen Buds

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman

     Come, said my soul,

     Such verses for my Body let us write, (for we are one,)

     That should I after return,

     Or, long, long hence, in other spheres,

     There to some group of mates the chants resuming,

     (Tallying Earth’s soil, trees, winds, tumultuous waves,)

     Ever with pleas’d smile I may keep on,

     Ever and ever yet the verses owning—as, first, I here and now

     Signing for Soul and Body, set to them my name,

     Walt Whitman