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France, The 18th Year Of These States - Poem by Walt Whitman

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

I walk'd the shores of my Eastern Sea,
Heard over the waves the little voice,
Saw the divine infant, where she woke, mournfully wailing, amid the
roar of cannon, curses, shouts, crash of falling buildings;
Was not so sick from the blood in the gutters running--nor from the
single corpses, nor those in heaps, nor those borne away in the
Was not so desperate at the battues of death--was not so shock'd at
the repeated fusillades of the guns.

Pale, silent, stern, what could I say to that long-accrued
Could I wish humanity different?
Could I wish the people made of wood and stone? 10
Or that there be no justice in destiny or time?

O Liberty! O mate for me!
Here too the blaze, the grape-shot and the axe, in reserve, to fetch
them out in case of need;
Here too, though long represt, can never be destroy'd;
Here too could rise at last, murdering and extatic;
Here too demanding full arrears of vengeance.

Hence I sign this salute over the sea,
And I do not deny that terrible red birth and baptism,
But remember the little voice that I heard wailing--and wait with
perfect trust, no matter how long;
And from to-day, sad and cogent, I maintain the bequeath'd cause, as
for all lands, 20
And I send these words to Paris with my love,
And I guess some chansonniers there will understand them,
For I guess there is latent music yet in France--floods of it;
O I hear already the bustle of instruments--they will soon be
drowning all that would interrupt them;
O I think the east wind brings a triumphal and free march,
It reaches hither--it swells me to joyful madness,
I will run transpose it in words, to justify it,
I will yet sing a song for you, MA FEMME.

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  3. 3. Paris In Spring , Sara Teasdale
  4. 4. Salvage , Carl Sandburg
  5. 5. Modern Love Xxxiii: In Paris, At The Lou.. , George Meredith
  6. 6. Louis Napoleon , Oscar Wilde
  7. 7. The Indiscreet Confessions , Jean De La Fontaine
  8. 8. Paris, October 1936 , Cesar Vallejo
  9. 9. Insomnia , Robert William Service
  10. 10. Œnone's Complaint , George Peele
  11. 11. Sonnet Xxxiii: I Might , Sir Philip Sidney
  12. 12. The Ballad Of Bouillabaisse , William Makepeace Thackeray
  13. 13. The Justice's Tale , Rudyard Kipling
  14. 14. Black Stone On Top Of A White Stone , Cesar Vallejo
  15. 15. Gioconda And Si-Ya-U , Nazim Hikmet
  16. 16. Ida Chicken , Edgar Lee Masters
  17. 17. Do You Remember Once . . . , Alan Seeger
  18. 18. The Wife Of Flanders , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  19. 19. Monsieur Qui Passe , Charlotte Mary Mew
  20. 20. (the Sunshine Seeks My Little Room) , Robert William Service
  21. 21. Heretic's Tragedy, The , Robert Browning
  22. 22. The Grand Consulation , George Canning
  23. 23. Father Explains , Czeslaw Milosz
  24. 24. Her Terms , William Schwenck Gilbert
  25. 25. Layover , Charles Bukowski
  26. 26. Tournesol , Andre Breton
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