Roget's Int'l Thesaurus
Fowler's King's English
The King James Bible
Brewer's Phrase & Fable
Frazer's Golden Bough
Shelf of Fiction
Leaves of Grass
Leaves of Grass.
Souvenirs of Democracy
business man, the acquirer vast,
After assiduous years, surveying results, preparing for departure,
Devises houses and lands to his childrenbequeaths stocks, goodsfunds for a school or hospital,
Leaves money to certain companions to buy tokens, souvenirs of gems and gold;
Parceling out with careAnd then, to prevent all cavil,
His name to his testament formally signs.
But I, my life surveying,
With nothing to show, to devise, from its idle years,
Nor houses, nor landsnor tokens of gems or gold for my friends,
Only these Souvenirs of DemocracyIn themin all my songsbehind me leaving,
To You, who ever you are, (bathing, leavening this leaf especially with my breathpressing on it a moment with my own hands;
Here! feel how the pulse beats in my wrists!how my hearts-blood is swelling, contracting!)
I will You, in all, Myself, with promise to never desert you,
To which I sign my name.