The Grass


Poetry by Carl Sandburg
Medium voice and piano; or
Medium voice, string quartet and clarinet


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The Grass
Poetry by Carl Sandburg

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and let me work—
                                          I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
                                          What place is this?
                                          Where are we now?
                                          I am the grass.
                                          Let me work.

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Score Type

PDF Download, Physical Score

Accompaniment Type

Chamber Arrangement, Piano Arrangement


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