|Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:|
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. VIVIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 18351860
|Whispers of Heavenly Death|
|By Walt Whitman (18191892)|
[Leaves of Grass.
1855.Leaves of Grass, and Two Rivulets: Centennial Edition.
1876.Leaves of Grass: with additions.
WHISPERS of heavenly death murmurd I hear,
|Labial gossip of night, sibilant chorals,|
|Footsteps gently ascending, mystical breezes wafted soft and low,|
|Ripples of unseen rivers, tides of a current flowing, forever flowing,|
|(Or is it the plashing of tears? the measureless waters of human tears?)|| 5|
|I see, just see skyward, great cloud-masses,|
|Mournfully, slowly they roll, silently swelling and mixing,|
|With at times a half-dimmd saddend far-off star,|
|Appearing and disappearing.|
|(Some parturition rather, some solemn immortal birth;|| 10|
|On the frontiers to eyes impenetrable,|
|Some soul is passing over.)|