From Leaves of Grass
, by Walt Whitman
s through the States
(Ay through the world
, urged by these song
Sailing henceforth to every land, to every sea
We willing learners of all, teachers of all, and lovers of all.
We have watch'd the season
s dispensing themselves and passing on,
And have said, Why should not a man or woman do as much as the seasons, and effuse as much?
We dwell a while in every city
We pass through Kanada
, the North-east, the vast valley
of the Mississippi
, and the Southern States,
We confer on equal
terms with each of the States,
We make trial of ourselves and invite men and women to hear,
We say to ourselves, Remember, fear not
, be candid, promulge the body and the soul
Dwell a while and pass on, be copious
, temperate, chaste, magnetic
And what you effuse amy then return as the seasons return,
And may be just as much as the seasons.