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Walt Whitman - What Best I See In Thee.

WHAT best I see in thee, 
Is not that where thou mov’st down history’s great highways, 
Ever undimm’d by time shoots warlike victory’s dazzle, 
Or that thou sat’st where Washington sat, ruling the land in peace, 
Or thou the man whom feudal Europe feted, venerable Asia, swarm’d upon,
Who walk’d with kings with even pace the round world’s promenade; 
But that in foreign lands, in all thy walks with kings, 
Those prairie sovereigns of the West, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, 
Ohio’s, Indiana’s millions, comrades, farmers, soldiers, all to the front, 
Invisibly with thee walking with kings with even pace the round world’s promenade,
We all so justified.

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 63. What Best I See In Thee.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 20. Leaves of Grass
Year: Published/Written in 1900

Comment 1 of 1, added on June 23rd, 2005 at 5:40 PM.

As I go browsing, I read this and realized I really
hated studying history!
So, why did I work cleaning a history professor's place
during college? guess it was just to listen to my own
music and buy cigarettes. I don't really hate it so much
now, but understand my own kids better!

Joan from United States

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