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Walt Whitman


  • 1861
        ARM'D year! year of the struggle
  • A Boston Ballad, 1854
        TO get betimes in Boston town, I rose this morning early
  • A Child's Amaze
        SILENT and amazed, even when a little boy
  • A Clear Midnight
       THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
  • A Farm-Picture
        THROUGH the ample open door of the peaceful country barn
  • A Glimpse
        A GLIMPSE, through an interstice caught
  • A Hand-Mirror
        HOLD it up sternly! See this it sends back! (Who is it? Is it you?
  • A Leaf For Hand In Hand
        A LEAF for hand in hand
  • A March In The Ranks, Hard-prest
        A MARCH in the ranks hard-prest, and the road unknown
  • A Noiseless Patient Spider
        A NOISELESS, patient spider
  • A Paumanok Picture
       TWO boats with nets lying off the sea-beach, quite still,
  • A Proadway Pageant
       OVER the western sea, hither from Niphon come,
  • A Promise To California
        A PROMISE to California
  • A Riddle Song
       THAT which eludes this verse and any verse,
  • A Sight In Camp
        A SIGHT in camp in the day-break grey and dim
  • A Song
       COME, I will make the continent indissoluble;
  • A Woman Waits For Me
        A WOMAN waits for me--she contains all, nothing is lacking
  • Aboard At A Ship's Helm
        ABOARD, at a ship's helm
  • Adieu To A Solider
        ADIEU, O soldier
  • After The Sea-Ship
       AFTER the Sea-Ship--after the whistling winds;
  • Ages And Ages, Returning At Intervals
        AGES and ages, returning at intervals
  • Ah Poverties, Wincings Sulky Retreats
        AH poverties, wincings, and sulky retreats
  • All Is Truth
        O ME, man of slack faith so long
  • American Feuillage
        AMERICA always
  • Among The Multitude
        AMONG the men and women, the multitude
  • An Army Corps On The March
        WITH its cloud of skirmishers in advance
  • Apostroph
       O MATER! O fils!
  • Are You The New Person, Drawn Toward Me?
        ARE you the new person drawn toward me
  • As A Strong Bird On Pinious Free
       AS a strong bird on pinions free,
  • As Adam, Early In The Morning
        AS Adam, early in the morning
  • As At Thy Portals Also Death
       AS at thy portals also death,
  • As Consequent, Etc.
       AS consequent from store of summer rains,
  • As I lay With Head In Your Lap, Camerado
        AS I lay with my head in your lap, Camerado
  • As I Ponder'd In Silence
       AS I ponder'd in silence,
  • As I Sat Alone By Blue Ontario's Shores
       AS I sat alone, by blue Ontario's shore,
  • As I Walk These Broad, Majestic Days
        AS I walk these broad, majestic days of peace
  • As I Watche'd The Ploughman Ploughing
        AS I watch'd the ploughman ploughing
  • As If A Phantom Caress'd Me
        AS if a phantom caress'd me
  • As The Time Draws Nigh
       AS the time draws nigh, glooming, a cloud,
  • As Toilsome I Wander'd
        AS TOILSOME I wander'd Virginia's woods
  • Ashes Of Soldiers
        Again a verse for sake of you
  • assurances
        I NEED no assurances--I am a man who is preoccupied, of his own Soul
  • Bathed In War's Perfume
       BATHED in war's perfume--delicate flag!
  • Beat! Beat! Drums!
       BEAT! beat! drums!--Blow! bugles! blow!
  • Beautiful Women
        WOMEN sit, or move to and fro--some old, some young
  • Beginners
        HOW they are provided for upon the earth, (appearing at intervals;
  • Beginning My Studies
        BEGINNING my studies, the first step pleas'd me so much
  • Behavior
       BEHAVIOR--fresh, native, copious, each one for himself or herself,
  • Behold This Swarthy Face
        BEHOLD this swarthy face--these gray eyes
  • Brother Of All, With Genesrous Hand
       BROTHER of all, with generous hand,
  • By Broad Potomac's Shore
       BY broad Potomac's shore--again, old tongue!
  • By The Bivouac's Fitful Flame
        BY the bivouac's fitful flame
  • Camps Of Green
        NOT alone those camps of white, O soldiers
  • Carol Of Occupations
       COME closer to me;
  • Carol Of Words
       EARTH, round, rolling, compact--suns, moons, animals--all these are
  • Cavalry Crossing A Ford
        A LINE in long array, where they wind betwixt green islands
  • Chanting The Square Deific
       CHANTING the square deific, out of the One advancing, out of the
  • City Of Orgies
        CITY of orgies, walks and joys
  • City Of Ships
        CITY of ships
  • Come Up From The Fields, Father
       COME up from the fields, father, here's a letter from our Pete;
  • Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
       FLOOD-TIDE below me! I watch you face to face;
  • Darest Thou Now, O Soul
       DAREST thou now, O Soul,
  • Debris
       HE is wisest who has the most caution,
  • Delicate Cluster
        DELICATE cluster! flag of teeming life
  • Despairing Cries
       DESPAIRING cries float ceaselessly toward me, day and night,
  • Dirge For Two Veterans
       THE last sunbeam
  • Drum-Taps
        Aroused and angry
  • Earth! my Likeness!
        EARTH! my likeness
  • Eidólons
       I MET a Seer,
  • Elemental Drifts
       ELEMENTAL drifts!
  • Ethiopia Saluting The Colors
       WHO are you, dusky woman, so ancient, hardly human,
  • Europe, The 72d And 73d Years Of These States
       SUDDENLY, out of its stale and drowsy lair, the lair of slaves,
  • Excelsior
        WHO has gone farthest? For lo! have not I gone farther
  • Faces
       SAUNTERING the pavement, or riding the country by-road--lo! such
  • Facing West From California's Shores
        FACING west, from California's shores
  • Fast Anchor'd, Eternal, O Love
        FAST-ANCHOR'D, eternal, O love! O woman I love
  • For Him I Sing
        FOR him I sing
  • France, The 18th Year Of These States
       A GREAT year and place;
  • From Far Dakota's Canons
       FROM far Dakota's cañons,
  • From My Last Years
       FROM my last years, last thoughts I here bequeath,
  • From Paumanok Starting
        FROM Paumanock starting, I fly like a bird
  • From Pent-up Aching Rivers
        FROM pent-up, aching rivers
  • Full Of Life, Now
        FULL of life, now, compact, visible
  • Germs
        FORMS, qualities, lives, humanity, language, thoughts
  • Give Me The Splendid, Silent Sun
       GIVE me the splendid silent sun, with all his beams full-dazzling;
  • Gliding Over All
       GLIDING o'er all, through all,
  • God
       THOUGHT of the Infinite--the All!
  • Great Are The Myths
       GREAT are the myths--I too delight in them;
  • Hast Never Come To Thee An Hour
       HAST never come to thee an hour,
  • Here The Frailest Leaves Of Me
        HERE the frailest leaves of me, and yet my strongest-lasting
  • Here, Sailor
        WHAT ship, puzzled at sea, cons for the true reckoning
  • Hours Continuing Long
       HOURS continuing long, sore and heavy-hearted,
  • How Solemn As One By One
        HOW solemn, as one by one
  • Hush'd Be The Camps To-day
       HUSH'D be the camps to-day;
  • I Am He That Aches With Love
        I AM he that aches with amorous love
  • I Dream'd In A Dream
        I DREAM'D in a dream, I saw a city invincible to the attacks of th
  • I Hear America Singing
        I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear
  • I Hear It Was Charged Against Me
        I HEAR it was charged against me that I sought to destro
  • I Heard You, Solemn-sweep Pipes Of The Organ
        I HEARD you, solemn-sweet pipes of the organ, as last Sunday morn
  • I Saw In Louisiana A Live Oak Growing
        I SAW in Louisiana a live-oak growing
  • I Saw Old General At Bay
        I SAW old General at bay
  • I Sing The Body Electric
       I SING the Body electric;
  • I Sit And Look Out
        I SIT and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon al
  • I Thought I Was Not Alone
       I THOUGHT I was not alone, walking here by the shore,
  • I Was Looking A Long While
        I WAS looking a long while for a clue to the history of the past fo
  • I Will Take An Egg Out Of The Robin's Nest
       I WILL take an egg out of the robin's nest in the orchard,
  • In Cabin'd Ships At Sea
       IN cabin'd ships, at sea,
  • In Former Songs
       IN former songs Pride have I sung, and Love, and passionate, joyful
  • In Midnight Sleep
       IN midnight sleep, of many a face of anguish,
  • In Paths Untrodden
        IN paths untrodden
  • In The New Garden In All The Parts
       IN the new garden, in all the parts,
  • Inscription
       SMALL is the theme of the following Chant, yet the greatest--namely,
  • Italian Music In Dakota
       THROUGH the soft evening air enwrinding all,
  • Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
       Joy! shipmate--joy!
  • Kosmos
        WHO includes diversity, and is Nature
  • Laws For Creations
        LAWS for Creations
  • Leaves Of Grass. A Carol Of Harvest For 1867
       A SONG of the good green grass!
  • Lessons
       THERE are who teach only the sweet lessons of peace and safety;
  • Lo! Victress On The Peaks
        LO! Victress on the peaks
  • Locations And Times
        LOCATIONS and times--what is it in me that meets them all, wheneve
  • Long I Thought That Knowledge
       LONG I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me--O if I could
  • Long, Too Long, O Land!
        LONG, too long, O land
  • Look Down, Fair Moon
        LOOK down, fair moon, and bathe this scene
  • Manhattan Streets I Saunter'd, Pondering
       MANHATTAN'S streets I saunter'd, pondering,
  • Mannahatta
        I WAS asking for something specific and perfect for my city
  • Me Imperturbe
        ME imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature
  • Mediums
        THEY shall arise in the States
  • Miracles
        WHY! who makes much of a miracle
  • Mother And Babe
        I SEE the sleeping babe, nestling the breast of its mother
  • 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
  • Native Moments
       NATIVE moments! when you come upon me--Ah you are here now! Give me no
  • Night On The Prairies
        NIGHT on the prairies
  • No Labor-Saving Machine
        NO labor-saving machine
  • Not Heat Flames Up And Consumes
        NOT heat flames up and consumes
  • Not Heaving From My Ribb'd Breast Only
        NOT heaving from my ribb'd breast only
  • Not My Enemies Ever Invade Me
       NOT my enemies ever invade me--no harm to my pride from them I fear;
  • Not The Pilot
        NOT the pilot has charged himself to bring his ship into port, thoug
  • Not Youth Pertains To Me
        NOT youth pertains to me
  • Now Finale To The Shore
       NOW finale to the shore!
  • Now List To My Morning's Romanza
       NOW list to my morning's romanza--I tell the signs of the Answerer;
  • O Bitter Sprig! Confession Sprig!
       O BITTER sprig! Confession sprig!
  • O Captain! My Captain!
        CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
  • O Hymen! O Hymenee!
        O HYMEN! O hymenee
  • O Living Always--Always Dying
        O LIVING always--always dying
  • O Me! O Life!
        O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring
  • O Star Of France
       O STAR of France!
  • O Sun Of Real Peace
       O SUN of real peace! O hastening light!
  • O Tan-faced Prairie Boy
        O TAN-FACED prairie-boy
  • O You Whom I Often And Silently Come
        O YOU whom I often and silently come where you are, that I may b
  • Of Him I Love Day And Night
        OF him I love day and night, I dream'd I heard he was dead
  • Of The Terrible Doubt Of Apperarances
        OF the terrible doubt of appearances
  • Of The Visage Of Things
       OF the visages of things--And of piercing through to the accepted
  • Offerings
        A THOUSAND perfect men and women appear
  • Old Ireland
        FAR hence, amid an isle of wondrous beauty
  • On Journeys Through The States
        ON journeys through the States we start
  • On Old Man's Thought Of School
       AN old man's thought of School;
  • On The Beach At Night
       ON the beach, at night,
  • On The Beach At Night, Alone
        ON the beach at night alone
  • Once I Pass'd Through A Populous City
        ONCE I pass'd through a populous city, imprinting my brain, fo
  • One Hour To Madness And Joy
        ONE hour to madness and joy
  • One Song, America, Before I Go
        ONE song, America, before I go
  • One Sweeps By
       ONE sweeps by, attended by an immense train,
  • One's Self I Sing
        ONE'S-SELF I sing--a simple, separate Person
  • Or From That Sea Of Time
       OR, from that Sea of Time,
  • Other May Praise What They Like
        OTHERS may praise what they like
  • Out From Behind His Mask
       OUT from behind this bending, rough-cut Mask,
  • Out of the Rolling Ocean, The Crowd
       OUT of the rolling ocean, the crowd, came a drop gently to me,
  • Over The Carnage
        OVER the carnage rose prophetic a voice
  • Passage To India
       SINGING my days,
  • Patroling Barnegat
       WILD, wild the storm, and the sea high running,
  • Pensive And Faltering
        PENSIVE and faltering
  • Pensive On Her Dead Gazing, I Heard The Mother Of All
        PENSIVE, on her dead gazing, I heard the Mother of All
  • Perfections
        ONLY themselves understand themselves, and the like of themselves
  • Pioneers! O Pioneers!
       COME, my tan-faced children,
  • Poem Of Remembrance For A Girl Or A Boy
       YOU just maturing youth! You male or female!
  • Poems Of Joys
       O TO make the most jubilant poem!
  • Poets to Come
        POETS to come! orators, singers, musicians to come
  • Portals
       WHAT are those of the known, but to ascend and enter the Unknown?
  • Prayer Of Columbus
       IT was near the close of his indomitable and pious life--on his last voyag
  • President Lincoln's Burial Hymn
       When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom'
  • Primeval My Love For The Woman I Love
       PRIMEVAL my love for the woman I love,
  • Proud Music Of The Storm
       PROUD music of the storm!
  • Quicksand Years
        QUICKSAND years that whirl me I know not whither
  • Race Of Veterans
        RACE of veterans! Race of victors
  • Reconciliation
        WORD over all, beautiful as the sky
  • Recorders Ages Hence
        RECORDERS ages hence
  • Respondez!
       RESPONDEZ! Respondez!
  • Rise, O Days
       RISE, O days, from your fathomless deeps, till you loftier, fiercer
  • Roaming In Thought
       ROAMING in thought over the Universe, I saw the little that is Good
  • Roots And Leaves Themselves Alone
        ROOTS and leaves themselves alone are these
  • Salut Au Monde
       O TAKE my hand, Walt Whitman!
  • Savantism
        THITHER, as I look, I see each result and glory retracing itself an
  • Says
       I SAY whatever tastes sweet to the most perfect person, that is
  • Scented Herbage Of My Breast
        SCENTED herbage of my breast
  • Sea-Shore Memories
       OUT of the cradle endlessly rocking,
  • Shut Not Your Doors, &c.
       SHUT not your doors to me, proud libraries,
  • Sing Of The Banner At Day-Break
  • So Far And So Far, And On Toward The End
       SO far, and so far, and on toward the end,
  • So Long
       TO conclude--I announce what comes after me;
  • Solid, Ironical, Rolling Orb
       SOLID, ironical, rolling orb!
  • Sometimes With One I Love
        SOMETIMES with one I love, I fill myself with rage, for fear I effus
  • Song At Sunset
        SPLENDOR of ended day, floating and filling me
  • Song For All Seas, All Ships
       TO-DAY a rude brief recitative,
  • Song Of The Broad-Axe
       WEAPON, shapely, naked, wan!
  • Song Of The Exposition
       AFTER all, not to create only, or found only,
  • Song Of The Open Road
       AFOOT and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
  • Song Of The Redwood-Tree
       A CALIFORNIA song!
  • Song Of The Universal
       COME, said the Muse,
  • Souvenirs Of Democracy
        THE business man, the acquirer vast
  • Spain 1873-'74
       OUT of the murk of heaviest clouds,
  • Sparkles From The Wheel
       WHERE the city's ceaseless crowd moves on, the live-long day,
  • Spirit That Form'd Theis Scene
       SPIRIT that form'd this scene,
  • Spirit Whose Work Is Done
        SPIRIT whose work is done! spirit of dreadful hours
  • Spontaneous Me
        SPONTANEOUS me, Nature
  • Starting From Paumanok
       STARTING from fish-shape Paumanok, where I was born,
  • States!
       Were you looking to be held together by the lawyers?
  • Still, Though The One I Sing
        STILL, though the one I sing
  • Tears
        TEARS! tears! tears
  • Tests
        ALL submit to them, where they sit, inner, secure, unapproachable t
  • That Last Invocation
       AT the last, tenderly,
  • That Music Always Round Me
        THAT music always round me, unceasing, unbeginning--yet long untaugh
  • That Shadow, My Likeness
        THAT shadow, my likeness, that goes to and fro, seeking a livelihood
  • The Artilleryman's Vision
        WHILE my wife at my side lies slumbering, and the wars are over long
  • The Base Of All Metaphysics
        AND now, gentlemen
  • The Centerarian's Story
        GIVE me your hand, old Revolutionary
  • The City Dead-House
        BY the City Dead-House, by the gate
  • The Dalliance Of The Eagles
       SKIRTING the river road, (my forenoon walk, my rest,)
  • The Dresser
       AN old man bending, I come, among new faces,
  • The Indications
        THE indications, and tally of time
  • The Mystic Trumpeter
       HARK! some wild trumpeter--some strange musician,
  • The Ox tamer
       IN a faraway northern county, in the placid, pastoral region,
  • The Prairie States
       A NEWER garden of creation, no primal solitude,
  • The Prairie-Grass Dividing
        THE prairie-grass dividing--its special odor breathing
  • The Runner
        ON a flat road runs the well-train'd runner
  • The Ship Starting
        LO! THE unbounded sea
  • The Singer In The Prison
       O sight of shame, and pain, and dole!
  • The Sleepers
       I WANDER all night in my vision,
  • The Sobbing Of The Bells
       THE sobbing of the bells, the sudden death-news everywhere,
  • The Torch
        ON my northwest coast in the midst of the night, a fishermen's grou
  • The Untold Want
       THE untold want, by life and land ne'er granted,
  • The World Below The Brine
        THE world below the brine
  • There Was A Child Went Forth
        THERE was a child went forth every day
  • These Carols
       THESE Carols, sung to cheer my passage through the world I see,
  • These, I, Singing In Spring
        THESE, I, singing in spring, collect for lovers
  • Thick-Sprinkled Bunting
        THICK-SPRINKLED bunting! Flag of stars
  • Think Of The Soul
       THINK of the Soul;
  • This Compost
       SOMETHING startles me where I thought I was safest;
  • This Day, O Soul
       THIS day, O Soul, I give you a wondrous mirror;
  • This Dust Was Once The Man
        THIS dust was once the Man
  • This Moment, Yearning And Thoughtful
        THIS moment yearning and thoughtful, sitting alone
  • Thou Orb Aloft Full-Dazzling
       THOU orb aloft full-dazzling! thou hot October noon!
  • Thou Reader
       THOU reader throbbest life and pride and love the same as I,
  • Thought
       AS they draw to a close,
  • Thought
       OF what I write from myself--As if that were not the resumé;
  • Thought
        OF Equality--As if it harm'd me, giving others the same chances an
  • Thought
        OF Justice--As if Justice could be anything but the same ample law
  • Thought
        AS I sit with others, at a great feast, suddenly, while the music i
  • Thought
        OF persons arrived at high positions, ceremonies, wealth
  • Thought
        OF obedience, faith, adhesiveness
  • Thoughts
       OF these years I sing,
  • Thoughts
        OF Public Opinion
  • Thoughts
       OF ownership--As if one fit to own things could not at pleasure enter
  • To A Certain Cantatrice
        HERE, take this gift
  • To A Certain Civilian
        DID YOU ask dulcet rhymes from me
  • To A Common Prostitute
       To a Common Prostitut
  • To A Foil'd European Revolutionaire
       COURAGE yet! my brother or my sister!
  • To A Historian
        YOU who celebrate bygones
  • To A Locomotive In Winter
       THEE for my recitative!
  • To A President
        ALL you are doing and saying is to America dangled mirages
  • To A Pupil
        IS reform needed? Is it through you
  • To A Stranger
        PASSING stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you
  • To A Western Boy
        O BOY of the West
  • To Foreign Lands
        I HEARD that you ask'd for something to prove this puzzle, the Ne
  • To Him That Was Crucified
        MY spirit to yours, dear brother
  • To Old Age
        I SEE in you the estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly a
  • To One Shortly To Die
       FROM all the rest I single out you, having a message for you:
  • To Oratists
        TO ORATISTS--to male or female
  • To Rich Givers
        WHAT you give me, I cheerfully accept
  • To The East And To The West
        TO the East and to the West
  • To The Garden The World
        TO THE garden, the world, anew ascending
  • To The Leaven'd Soil They Trod
        TO the leaven'd soil they trod, calling, I sing, for the last
  • To The Man-of-War-Bird
       THOU who hast slept all night upon the storm,
  • To The Reader At Parting
       NOW, dearest comrade, lift me to your face,
  • To The States
        WHY reclining, interrogating? Why myself and all drowsing
  • To Thee, Old Cause!
        TO thee, old Cause
  • To Think Of Time
       To think of time--of all that retrospection!
  • To You
       LET US twain walk aside from the rest;
  • To You
        WHOEVER you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams
  • To You
        STRANGER! if you, passing, meet me, and desire to speak to me, wh
  • Trinckle, Drops
        TRICKLE, drops! my blue veins leaving
  • Turn, O Libertad
        TURN, O Libertad, for the war is over
  • Two Rivulets
       TWO Rivulets side by side,
  • Unfolded Out Of The Folds
        UNFOLDED out of the folds of the woman, man comes unfolded, and i
  • Unnamed Lands
        NATIONS ten thousand years before These States, and many times te
  • Vicouac On A Mountain Side
        I SEE before me now, a traveling army halting
  • Virgil Strange I Kept On The Field
        VIGIL strange I kept on the field one night
  • Virginia--The West
       THE noble Sire, fallen on evil days,
  • Visor'd
        A MASK--a perpetual natural disguiser of herself
  • Voices
        NOW I make a leaf of Voices--for I have found nothing mightier tha
  • Walt Whitman's Caution
        TO The States, or any one of them, or any city of The States
  • Wandering At Morn
       WANDERING at morn,
  • Warble Of Lilac-Time
        WARBLE me now, for joy of Lilac-time
  • We Two Boys Together Clinging
        WE two boys together clinging
  • We Two-How Long We Were Fool'd
        WE two--how long we were fool'd
  • Weave In, Weave In, My Hardy Life
        WEAVE in! weave in, my hardy life
  • What Am I, After All?
        WHAT am I, after all, but a child, pleas'd with the sound of my ow
  • What Best I See In Thee
       WHAT best I see in thee,
  • What General Has A Good Army
       WHAT General has a good army in himself, has a good army;
  • What Place Is Besieged?
       WHAT place is besieged, and vainly tries to raise the siege?
  • What Think You I Take My Pen In Hand?
        WHAT think you I take my pen in hand to record
  • What Weeping Face
       WHAT weeping face is that looking from the window?
  • When I Heard At The Close Of The Day
        WHEN I heard at the close of the day how my name had been receiv'
  • When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
        WHEN I heard the learn'd astronomer
  • When I Peruse The Conquer'd Fame
        WHEN I peruse the conquer'd fame of heroes, and the victories o
  • When I Read The Book
        WHEN I read the book, the biography famous
  • Whispers Of Heavenly Death
        WHISPERS of heavenly death, murmur'd I hear
  • Who Is Now Reading This?
       May-be one is now reading this who knows some wrong-doing of my past
  • Who Learns My Lesson Complete?
        WHO learns my lesson complete
  • Whoever You Are, Holding Me Now In Hand
        WHOEVER you are, holding me now in hand
  • With All Thy Gifts
       WITH all thy gifts, America,
  • With Antecedents
       WITH antecedents;
  • World, Take Good Notice
        WORLD, take good notice, silver stars fading
  • Year Of Meteors, 1859 '60
        YEAR of meteors! brooding year
  • Year That Trembled
        YEAR that trembled and reel'd beneath me
  • Years Of The Modern
        YEARS of the modern! years of the unperform'd
  • Yet, Yet, Ye Downcast Hours
       YET, yet, ye downcast hours, I know ye also;