Archive for July 25th, 2012

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

That Music Always Round Me by Walt Whitman

That music always round me, unceasing, unbeginning, yet long untaught I did not hear,
But now the chorus I hear and am elated,
A tenor, strong, ascending with power and health, with glad notes of daybreak I hear,
A soprano at intervals sailing buoyantly over the tops of immense waves,
A transparent base shuddering lusciously under and through the universe,
The triumphant tutti, the funeral wailings with sweet flutes and violins, all these I fill myself with,
I hear not the volumes of sound merely, I am moved by the exquisite meanings,
I listen to the different voices winding in and out, striving, contending with fiery vehemence to excel each other in emotion;
I do not think the performers know themselves—but now I think begin to know them.

From: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1322/1322-h/1322-h.htm#2H_4_0031

Date: 1855

By: Walt Whitman (1819-1892)