Walt Whitman: Starting from Paumanok, Part 11

Part 11

As I have walk'd in Alabama my morning walk, I have seen where the she-bird the mocking-bird sat on her nest in     the briers hatching her brood.
I have seen the he-bird also, I have paus'd to hear him near at hand inflating his throat and     joyfully singing.
And while I paus'd it came to me that what he really sang for was     not there only, Nor for his mate nor himself only, nor all sent back by the echoes, But subtle, clandestine, away beyond, A charge transmitted and gift occult for those being born.