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Walt Whitman: Soothing the wounded, watching the dead.

30 May 2011

“Aroused and angry,
I thought to beat the alarum, and urge relentless war;
But soon my fingers fail’d me, my face droop’d, and I resign’d myself,
To sit by the wounded and soothe them, or silently watch the dead.”

- Walt Whitman (1819–1892). from Drum Taps, in Leaves of Grass. 1900.

The whole of the poem, Drum Taps, can be read here.

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