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3 In the name of these States and in your and my name, the

Past, And in the name of these States and in your and my name, the

Present time.

I know that the past was great and the future will be great, And I know that both curiously conjoint in the present time, (For the sake of him I typify, for the common average man's

sake, your sake if you are he,) And that where I am or you are this present day, there is the

centre of all days, all races, And there is the meaning to us of all that has ever come of races

and days, or ever will come.


1 VER the Western sea hither from Niphon come,

Courteous, the swart-cheek'd two-sworded envoys, Leaning back in their open barouches, bare-headed, impassive, Ride to-day through Manhattan.

Libertad! I do not know whether others behold what I behold,
In the procession along with the nobles of Niphon, the errand-

bearers, Bringing up the rear, hovering above, around, or in the ranks

marching, But I will sing you a song of what I behold Libertad. When million-footed Manhattan unpent descends to her pavements, When the thunder-cracking guns arouse me with the proud roar

I love, When the round-mouth'd guns out of the smoke and smell I love

spit their salutes, When the fire-flashing guns have fully alerted me, and heaven

clouds canopy my city with a delicate thin haze, When gorgeous the countless straight stems, the forests at the

wharves, thicken with colors, When every ship richly drest carries her flag at the peak, When pennants trail and street-festoons hang from the windows,

When Broadway is entirely given up to foot-passengers and foot

standers, when the mass is densest, When the façades of the houses are alive with people, when eyes

gaze riveted tens of thousands at a time, When the guests from the islands advance, when the pageant

moves forward visible, When the summons is made, when the answer that waited thou

sands of years answers, I too arising, answering, descend to the pavements, merge with

the crowd, and gaze with them.

Superb-faced Manhattan!
Comrade Americanos ! to us, then at last the Orient comes.
To us, my city,
Where our tall-topt marble and iron beauties range on opposite

sides, to walk in the space between,
To-day our Antipodes comes.
The Originatress comes,
The nest of languages, the bequeather of poems, the race of eld,
Florid with blood, pensive, rapt with musings, hot with passion,
Sultry with perfume, with ample and flowing garments,
With sunburnt visage, with intense soul and glittering eyes,
The race of Brahma comes.
See my cantabile ! these and more are flashing to us from the

procession, As it moves changing, a kaleidoscope divine it moves changing

before us. For not the envoys nor the tann'd Japanee from his island only, Lithe and silent the Hindoo appears, the Asiatic continent itself

appears, the past, the dead, The murky night-morning of wonder and fable inscrutable, The envelop'd mysteries, the old and unknown hive-bees, The north, the sweltering south, eastern Assyria, the Hebrews, the

ancient of ancients, Vast desolated cities, the gliding present, all of these and more are

in the pageant-procession.

Geography, the world, is in it,

The Great Sea, the brood of islands, Polynesia, the coast beyond, The coast you henceforth are facing - you Libertad ! from your

Western golden shores,

The countries there with their populations, the millions en-masse

are curiously here, The swarming market-places, the temples with idols ranged along

the sides or at the end, bonze, brahmin, and llama, Mandarin, farmer, merchant, mechanic, and fisherman, The singing-girl and the dancing-girl, the ecstatic persons, the

secluded emperors, Confucius himself, the great poets and heroes, the warriors, the

castes, all, Trooping up, crowding from all directions, from the Altay moun

tains, From Thibet, from the four winding and far-flowing rivers of

China, From the southern peninsulas and the demi-continental islands,

from Malaysia, These and whatever belongs to them palpable show forth to me,

and are seiz'd by me, And I am seiz'd by them, and friendlily held by them, Till as here them all I chant, Libertad ! for themselves and for

you. For I too raising my voice join the ranks of this pageant, I am the chanter, I chant aloud over the pageant, I chant the world on my Western sea, I chant copious the islands beyond, thick as stars in the sky, I chant the new empire grander than any before, as in a vision it

comes to me, I chant America the mistress, I chant a greater supremacy, I chant projected a thousand blooming cities yet in time on those

groups of sea-islands, My sail-ships and steam-ships threading the archipelagoes, My stars and stripes fluttering in the wind, Commerce opening, the sleep of ages having done its work, races

reborn, refresh'd, Lives, works resumed - the object I know not but the old, the

Asiatic renew'd as it must be,
Commencing from this day surrounded by the world.

3 And you Libertad of the world! You shall sit in the middle well-pois'd thousands and thousands of

years, As to-day from one side the nobles of Asia come to you, As to-morrow from the other side the queen of England sends her

eldest son to you.

The sign is reversing, the orb is enclosed,
The ring is circled, the journey is done,
The box-lid is but perceptibly open'd, nevertheless the perfume

pours copiously out of the whole box.
Young Libertad ! with the venerable Asia, the all-mother,
Be considerate with her now and ever hot Libertad, for you are all,
Bend your proud neck to the long-off mother now sending mes.

sages over the archipelagoes to you, Bend your proud neck low for once, young Libertad. Were the children straying westward so long? so wide the tramping ? Were the precedent dim ages debouching westward from Paradise

so long? Were the centuries steadily footing it that way, all the while

unknown, for you, for reasons ? They are justified, they are accomplish'd, they shall now be turn'd

the other way also, to travel toward you thence, They shall now also march obediently eastward for your sake




UT of the cradle endlessly rocking,

Out of the mocking-bird's throat, the musical shuttle, Out of the Ninth-month midnight, Over the sterile sands and the fields beyond, where the child

leaving his bed wander'd alone, bareheaded, barefoot, Down from the shower'd halo, Up from the mystic play of shadows twining and twisting as if

they were alive, Out from the patches of briers and blackberries, From the memories of the bird that chanted to me, From your memories sad brother, from the fitful risings and fall

ings I heard, From under that yellow half-moon late-risen and swollen as if with


From those beginning notes of yearning and love there in the mist,
From the thousand responses of my heart never to cease,
From the myriad thence-arous'd words,
From the word stronger and more delicious than any,
From such as now they start the scene revisiting,
As a flock, twittering, rising, or overhead passing,
Borne hither, ere all eludes me, hurriedly,
A man, yet by these tears a little boy again,
Throwing myself on the sand, confronting the waves,
I, chanter of pains and joys, uniter of here and hereafter,
Taking all hints to use them, but swiftly leaping beyond them,
A reminiscence sing.

Once Paumanok,
When the lilac-scent was in the air and Fifth-month grass was

Up this seashore in some briers,
Two feather'd guests from Alabama, two together,
And their nest, and four light-green eggs spotted with brown,
And every day the he-bird to and fro near at hand,
And every day the she-bird crouch'd on her nest, silent, with

bright eyes, And every day I, a curious boy, never too close, never disturbing

Cautiously peering, absorbing, translating.
Shine ! shine! shine!
Pour down your warmth, great sun !
While we bask, we two together.
Two together!
Winds blow south, or winds blow north,
Day come white, or night come black,
Home, or rivers and mountains from home,
Singing all time, minding no time,
While we two keep together.

Till of a sudden,
May-be kill'd, unknown to her mate,
One forenoon the she-bird crouch'd not on the nest,
Nor return'd that afternoon, nor the next,
Nor ever appear'd again.

And thenceforward all summer in the sound of the sea,
And at night under the full of the moon in calmer weather,

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