Lyrics by Walt Whitman, Music by The Dream Brothers
When I heard at the close of the day how my name had been received with plaudits in the Capitol,
Still it was not a happy night for me that followed.
And else when I caroused or when my plans were accomplished
Still I was not happy.
But the day when I rose at dawn from the bed of perfect health refreshed,
Singing, inhaling the ripe breath of autumn
When I saw the full moon in the west grow pale and disappear in the morning light When I wandered alone over the beach and undressing bathed, laughing with the cool water and saw the sunrise,
And when I thought how my dear friend, my lover was on his way,
Coming, oh then, I was happy!
Then, each breath tasted sweeter
And all that day my food nourished me more,
And the beautiful day passed well, and the next came with equal joy,
and with the next at evening Came My Friend!
And that night when all was still I heard the waters roll slowly, continually up the shores,
I heard the hissing rustle of the liquid and sands
As directed to me, whispering, to congratulate me,
For the one I love most lay sleeping by me
Under the same cover in the cool night!
In the stillness, in the autumn moonbeams
His face was inclined toward me
And his arm lay lightly around my breast,
And that night I was happy!