As Toilsome I Wander'd

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)

  AS TOILSOME I wander'd Virginia's woods,
  To the music of rustling leaves, kick'd by my feet, (for 'twas
  I mark'd at the foot of a tree the grave of a soldier,
  Mortally wounded he, and buried on the retreat, (easily all could I
  The halt of a mid-day hour, when up! no time to lose--yet this sign
  On a tablet scrawl'd and nail'd on the tree by the grave,
  Bold, cautious, true, and my loving comrade.

  Long, long I muse, then on my way go wandering;
  Many a changeful season to follow, and many a scene of life;
  Yet at times through changeful season and scene, abrupt, alone, or in
  the crowded street, 10
  Comes before me the unknown soldier's grave--comes the inscription
  rude in Virginia's woods,
  Bold, cautious, true, and my loving comrade.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011


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