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 and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
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, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.

by Walt Whitman

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Good work.......................
Good Historical American Work Ethics fools say old fashioned values are bad... but old fashioned values are good! ! ! manual work what songs were sung by sinew muscle by honest sweat hard work invested in labour done well how this sings of love for life for gratitude appreciation for the work of the hands faith in all hands to the well wheel contributing to a common prosperity when workers earned their pay were paid in an appropriate living wage individuals prospered communities prospered all prospered Copyright © Terence George Craddock Inspired by the poem 'I Hear America Singing' by Walt Whitman. Dedicated to the life and poetry of Walt Whitman.
manual work, what songs were sung by sinew and muscle, by honest sweat hard work, invested in labour done well; how this sings of love for life, for gratitude appreciation for the work of the hands, faith in all hands to the well, contributing to a common prosperity, when workers earned their pay and were paid in an appropriate living wage
As long as America sings; as long as families sing; as long as people of all stripes and persuasions sing their own song in their own way; we shall ever be America. Let's keep singing, in the rain or fair weather, let's keep singing.
Lovely and positive poem!
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