Tuesday, February 1, 2011

i hear america singing. . .

I Hear America Singing

I HEAR America singing , the varied carols I hear ;
Those of mechanics— each one singing his, as it should be ,
blithe( saharsh ) and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank ( phatta , takhta)or
beam(shehteer ) ,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work , or
leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat — the
deckhand singing on the steamboat deck ;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench— the hatter
singing as he stands ;
The wood- cutter’ s song— the ploughboy ’s , on his way in
the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother — or of the young wife
at work— or of the girl sewing or washing — Each singing
what belongs to her , and to none else ;
The day what belongs to the day— At night , the party of
young fellows , robust ( majboot), friendly,
Singing , with open mouths , their strong melodious songs .

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