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Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

281. 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,         5
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,  10
We all so justified. 



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