O Tan-Faced Prairie Boy

(1990)

"O Tan-Faced Prairie Boy" is the first song of Richard Pearson Thomas' song cycle Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Poems by Walt Whitman.

O Tan-Faced Prairie Boy
by Walt Whitman


O tan-faced prairie-boy,
Before you came to camp came many a welcome gift,
Praises and presents came and nourishing food, till at last among the recruits,
You came, taciturn, with nothing to give – we but look’d on each other,
When lo! more than all the gifts of the world you gave me.


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