In this category:

    FLEURSDUMAL POETRY LIBRARY - classic, modern, experimental & visual & sound poetry, poetry in translation, city poets, poetry archive, pre-raphaelites, editor's choice, etc.
    POETRY ARCHIVE
    Archive W-X
    FICTION & NON-FICTION - books, booklovers, lit. history, biography, essays, translations, short stories, columns, literature: celtic, beat, travesty, war, dada & de stijl, drugs, dead poets
    FICTION & NONFICTION ARCHIVE
    Archive W-X
    FLEURSDUMAL POETRY LIBRARY - classic, modern, experimental & visual & sound poetry, poetry in translation, city poets, poetry archive, pre-raphaelites, editor's choice, etc.
    CLASSIC POETRY
    Whitman, Walt

New on FdM

  1. Bert Bevers & Joep Eijkens: Geheim
  2. Poetry International Festival 2020 postponed
  3. Margot Dijkgraaf: Zij namen het woord. Rebelse schrijfsters in de Franse letteren
  4. The Discomfort of Evening from Marieke Lucas Rijneveld on 2020 International Booker Prize Shortlist
  5. Herman Melville: A Requiem. For Soldiers lost in Ocean Transports (Poem)
  6. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Nightfall
  7. Agnita Feis: De eer (gedicht)
  8. Joe Hill’s Last Will (Poem written in his cell on the eve of his execution)
  9. Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition + Book
  10. Friedrich Hölderlin: Brod und Wein (Gedicht)

Or see the index

All categories

  1. AUDIO, CINEMA, RADIO & TV (152)
  2. DANCE (50)
  3. DICTIONARY OF IDEAS (171)
  4. EXHIBITION – art, art history, photos, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ready-mades, video, performing arts, collages, gallery, etc. (1,390)
  5. FICTION & NON-FICTION – books, booklovers, lit. history, biography, essays, translations, short stories, columns, literature: celtic, beat, travesty, war, dada & de stijl, drugs, dead poets (2,870)
  6. FLEURSDUMAL POETRY LIBRARY – classic, modern, experimental & visual & sound poetry, poetry in translation, city poets, poetry archive, pre-raphaelites, editor's choice, etc. (3,888)
  7. LITERARY NEWS & EVENTS – art & literature news, in memoriam, festivals, city-poets, writers in Residence (1,475)
  8. MONTAIGNE (98)
  9. MUSEUM OF LOST CONCEPTS – invisible poetry, conceptual writing, spurensicherung (49)
  10. MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY – department of ravens & crows, birds of prey, riding a zebra (93)
  11. MUSEUM OF PUBLIC PROTEST (79)
  12. MUSIC (180)
  13. PRESS & PUBLISHING (82)
  14. REPRESSION OF WRITERS, JOURNALISTS & ARTISTS (97)
  15. STORY ARCHIVE – olv van de veestraat, reading room, tales for fellow citizens (16)
  16. STREET POETRY (42)
  17. THEATRE (178)
  18. TOMBEAU DE LA JEUNESSE – early death: writers, poets & artists who died young (265)
  19. ULTIMATE LIBRARY – danse macabre, ex libris, grimm & co, fairy tales, art of reading, tales of mystery & imagination, sherlock holmes theatre, erotic poetry, ideal women (178)
  20. WAR & PEACE (87)
  21. · (5)

Or see the index



  1. Subscribe to new material: RSS

Walt Whitman: Vigil strange I kept on the field one night (Poem)

 

Vigil strange I kept on the field one night

Vigil strange I kept on the field one night;
When you my son and my comrade dropt at my side that day,
One look I but gave which your dear eyes return’d with a look I shall never forget,
One touch of your hand to mine O boy, reach’d up as you lay on the ground,
Then onward I sped in the battle, the even-contested battle,
Till late in the night reliev’d to the place at last again I made my way,
Found you in death so cold dear comrade, found your body son of responding kisses, (never again on earth responding,)
Bared your face in the starlight, curious the scene, cool blew the moderate night-wind,
Long there and then in vigil I stood, dimly around me the battle-field spreading,
Vigil wondrous and vigil sweet there in the fragrant silent night,
But not a tear fell, not even a long-drawn sigh, long, long I gazed,
Then on the earth partially reclining sat by your side leaning my chin in my hands,
Passing sweet hours, immortal and mystic hours with you dearest comrade–not a tear, not a word,
Vigil of silence, love and death, vigil for you my son and my soldier,
As onward silently stars aloft, eastward new ones upward stole,
Vigil final for you brave boy, (I could not save you, swift was your death,
I faithfully loved you and cared for you living, I think we shall surely meet again,)
Till at latest lingering of the night, indeed just as the dawn appear’d,
My comrade I wrapt in his blanket, envelop’d well his form,
Folded the blanket well, tucking it carefully over head and carefully under feet,
And there and then and bathed by the rising sun, my son in his grave, in his rude-dug grave I deposited,
Ending my vigil strange with that, vigil of night and battle-field dim,
Vigil for boy of responding kisses, (never again on earth responding,)
Vigil for comrade swiftly slain, vigil I never forget, how as day brighten’d,
I rose from the chill ground and folded my soldier well in his blanket,
And buried him where he fell.

Walt Whitman
(1819 – 1892)
Vigil strange I kept on the field one night
From: Leaves of grass

• fleursdumal.nl magazine

More in: Archive W-X, Archive W-X, Whitman, Walt

Previous and Next Entry

« | »

Thank you for reading FLEURSDUMAL.NL - magazine for art & literature