Leaves of Grass

Author: Walt Whitman  | Date: 1855

As the Greek’s Signal Flame

[For Whittier’s eightieth birthday, December 17, 1887.]

AS the Greek’s signal flame, by antique records told,

Rose from the hill-top, like applause and glory,

Welcoming in fame some special veteran, hero,

With rosy tinge reddening the land he’d served,

So I aloft from Mannahatta’s ship-fringed shore,

Lift high a kindled brand for thee, Old Poet.


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Chicago: Walt Whitman, "As the Greek’s Signal Flame," Leaves of Grass Original Sources, accessed March 29, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=LKUVHKJA9THMH7R.

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