That Shadow, My Likeness


"That Shadow, My Likeness" is also a part of Rorem's Whitman Cantata for men's chorus, 12 brass, and timpani.

That Shadow My Likeness
by Walt Whitman

That shadow, my likeness, that goes to and fro,
seeking a livelihood, chattering, chaffering,
How often I find myself standing and looking at it where it flits,
How often I question and doubt whether that is really me;
But among my lovers, and caroling my songs,
O I never doubt whether that is really me.

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