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A Song for Occupations - Walt Whitman

Posted on 23 March 2015

“A SONG for occupations! / In the labor of engines and trades and the labor of fields I find the developments, / And find the eternal meanings. / House-building, measuring, sawing the boards, / Blacksmithing, glass-blowing, nail-making, coopering, tin-roofing, shingle-dressing, / Ship-joining, dock-building, fish-curing, flagging of sidewalks by flaggers, / The pump, the pile-driver, the great derrick, the coal-kiln and brick-kiln, /

Stone-cutting, shapely trimmings for façades or window or door-lintels, the mallet, the tooth-chisel, the jib to protect the thumb, / The calking-iron, the kettle of boiling vault-cement, and the fire under the kettle, / The cotton-bale, the stevedore's hook, the saw and buck of the sawyer, the mould of the moulder, the working-knife of the butcher, the ice-saw, and all the work with ice, /The work and tools of the rigger, grappler, sail-maker, block-maker,"

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