I Hear America Singing

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I Hear America Singing
by Walt Whitman

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 and 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 streamboat 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
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.

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.