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

118. Cavalry Crossing a Ford

A LINE in long array, where they wind betwixt green islands; 
They take a serpentine course—their arms flash in the sun—Hark to the musical clank; 
Behold the silvery river—in it the splashing horses, loitering, stop to drink; 
Behold the brown-faced men—each group, each person, a picture—the negligent rest on the saddles; 
Some emerge on the opposite bank—others are just entering the ford—while,         5
Scarlet, and blue, and snowy white, 
The guidon flags flutter gaily in the wind. 


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