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Poems For Independence Day.

July 4, 2009

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Poems for Independence Day 

A selection of classic poems about America for reading around the 4th of July holiday, by William BlakeRalph Waldo EmersonHenry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emma LazarusWalt WhitmanCarl Sandburg & Stephen Vincent Benét.

I Hear America Singing
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by Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass, 1900)
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I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat—the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench—the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter’s song—the ploughboy’s, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother—or of the young wife at work—or of the girl sewing or washing—
Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day—
At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.

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