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Walt Whitman

That Music Always Round Me

About this Poem 

“That Music Always Round Me” was published in the Whispers of Heavenly Death section in Whitman’s last edition of Leaves of Grass (1891-1892).

That Music Always Round Me

Walt Whitman, 1819 - 1892

That music always round me, unceasing, unbeginning, yet long
      untaught I did not hear,
But now the chorus I hear and am elated,
A tenor, strong, ascending with power and health, with glad notes
      of daybreak I hear,
A soprano at intervals sailing buoyantly over the tops of immense
A transparent base shuddering lusciously under and through the
The triumphant tutti, the funeral wailings with sweet flutes and
      violins, all of these I fill myself with,
I hear not the volumes of sound merely, I am moved by the
      exquisite meanings,
I listen to the different voices winding in and out, striving,
      contending with fiery vehemence to excel each other in
I do not think the performers know themselves—but now I think I
      begin to know them.

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

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