Quotation by Walt Whitman

Mind not the old man beseeching the young man;
Let not the child's voice be heard, nor the mother's entreaties;
Make even the trestles to shake the dead, where they lie awaiting
the hearses,
So strong you thump, O terrible drums—so loud you bugles blow.
Walt Whitman (1819–1892), U.S. poet. Beat! Beat! Drums! (L. 18–21). . .

The Complete Poems [Walt Whitman]. Francis Murphy, ed. (1975; repr. 1986) Penguin Books.
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