Grand is the Seen

(1930)

"Grand is the Seen" is the first song in Ernst Bacon's song cycle Songs at Parting: A Selection of Poems by Walt Whitman.

Grand is the Seen
by Walt Whitman


Grand is the seen, the light, to me--grand are the sky and stars,
Grand is the earth, and grand are lasting time and space,
And grand their laws, so multiform, puzzling, evolutionary;
But grander far the unseen soul of me, comprehending, endowing all those,
Lighting the light, the sky and stars, delving the earth, sailing
the sea,
(What were all those, indeed, without thee, unseen soul? of what
amount without thee?)
More evolutionary, vast, puzzling, O my soul!
More multiform far--more lasting thou than they.


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