The Last Invocation

(1930)

"The Last Invocation" is the second song of Ernst Bacon's song collection Songs at Parting: A Selection of Poems by Walt Whitman.

Image: Walt Whitman, ca. 1860, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Digital ID: cwpbh 00752

The Last Invocation

The Last Invocation
by Walt Whitman


At the last, tenderly,
From the walls of the powerful fortress'd house,
From the clasp of the knitted locks, from the keep of the well-closed doors,
Let me be wafted.


Let me glide noiselessly forth;
With the key of softness unlock the locks--with a whisper,
Set ope the doors O soul.


Tenderly--be not impatient,
(Strong is your hold O mortal flesh,
Strong is your hold O love.)


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