A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim

"A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim" is the third song of Richard Pearson Thomas' song cycle Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Poems by Walt Whitman.

Date: 1990Composer: Richard Pearson ThomasText: Walt WhitmanSong Collection: Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Whitman Poems

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A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim
by Walt Whitman

A sight in camp in the daybreak gray and dim,
As from my tent I emerge so early sleepless,
As slow I walk in the cool fresh air the path near by the hospital tent,
Three forms I see on stretchers lying, brought out there untended lying,
Over each the blanket spread, ample brownish woolen blanket,
Gray and heavy blanket, folding, covering all.
Curious I halt and silent stand,
Then with light fingers I from the face of the nearest the first
just lift the blanket;
Who are you elderly man so gaunt and grim, with well-gray’d hair,
and flesh all sunken about the eyes?
Who are you my dear comrade?
Then to the second I step–and who are you my child and darling?
Who are you sweet boy with cheeks yet blooming?
Then to the third–a face nor child nor old, very calm, as of
beautiful yellow-white ivory;
Young man I think I know you–I think this face is the face of the
Christ himself,
Dead and divine and brother of all, and here again he lies.

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Drum-Taps: A Song Cycle of Whitman Poems

Composer(s): Richard Pearson Thomas

Voice Type: Baritone

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