Behold This Swarthy Face


"Behold This Swarthy Face," composed during the 1990s, is dedicated to pianist Craig Rutenberg.

Behold This Swarthy Face
by Walt Whitman

Behold this swarthy face, these gray eyes,
This beard, the white wool unclipt upon my neck,
My brown hands and the silent manner without charm;
Yet comes one a Manhattanese and ever at parting
kisses me lightly on the lips with robust love,
And I on the crossing of the street or on the ship's deck give a kiss in return,
We observe that salute of American comrades land and sea,
We are those two natural and nonchalant persons.

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