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Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Prose Works. 1892.

I. Specimen Days

135. A Quintette

WHILE I have been kept by the rain under the shelter of my great oak, (perfectly dry and comfortable, to the rattle of the drops all around,) I have pencill’d off the mood of the hour in a little quintette, which I will give you:

  • At vacancy with Nature,
  • Acceptive and at ease,
  • Distilling the present hour,
  • Whatever, wherever it is,
  • And over the past, oblivion.
  • Can you get hold of it, reader dear? and how do you like it anyhow?