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Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

322. Bathed in War’s Perfume


BATHED in war’s perfume—delicate flag! 
(Should the days needing armies, needing fleets, come again,) 
O to hear you call the sailors and the soldiers! flag like a beautiful woman! 
O to hear the tramp, tramp, of a million answering men! O the ships they arm with joy! 
O to see you leap and beckon from the tall masts of ships!         5
O to see you peering down on the sailors on the decks! 
Flag like the eyes of women. 


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