|Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:|
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. VIVIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 18351860
|Spirit that Formd this Scene|
|By Walt Whitman (18191892)|
[Leaves of Grass.
1855.Leaves of Grass, and Two Rivulets: Centennial Edition.
1876.Leaves of Grass: with additions.
Written in Platte Cañon, Colorado.
SPIRIT that formd this scene,
|These tumbled rock-piles grim and red,|
|These reckless heaven-ambitious peaks,|
|These gorges, turbulent-clear streams, this naked freshness,|
|These formless wild arrays, for reasons of their own,|| 5|
|I know thee, savage spiritwe have communed together,|
|Mine too such wild arrays, for reasons of their own:|
|Wast charged against my chants they had forgotten art?|
|To fuse within themselves its rules precise and delicatesse?|
|The lyrists measurd beat, the wrought-out temples gracecolumn and polishd arch forgot?|| 10|
|But thou that revelest herespirit that formd this scene,|
|They have rememberd thee.|