To Those Who've Fail'd

"To Those Who've Fail'd" is the second song of Jonathan's Clark Schwabe's song cycle A Clear Midnight.

Date: 2005Composer: Jonathan Clarke SchwabeText: Walt WhitmanSong Collection: A Clear Midnight

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To those who’ve fail’d, in aspiration vast
by Walt Whitman

To those who’ve fail’d, in aspiration vast,
To unnam’d soldiers fallen in front on the lead,
To calm, devoted engineers- to over-ardent travelers- to pilots on
their ships,
To many a lofty song and picture without recognition- I’d rear
laurel-cover’d monument,
High, high above the rest- To all cut off before their time,
Possess’d by some strange spirit of fire,
Quench’d by an early death.

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