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.
Long I Thought that Knowledge
I thought that knowledge alone would suffice meO if I could but obtain knowledge!
Then my lands engrossed meLands of the prairies, Ohios land, the southern savannas, engrossed meFor them I would liveI would be their orator;
Then I met the examples of old and new heroesI heard of warriors, sailors, and all dauntless personsAnd it seemed to me that I too had it in me to be as dauntless as anyand would be so;
And then, to enclose all, it came to me to strike up the songs of the New WorldAnd then I believed my life must be spent in singing;
But now take notice, land of the prairies, land of the south savannas, Ohios land,
Take notice, you Kanuck woodsand you Lake Huronand all that with you roll toward Niagaraand you Niagara also,
And you, Californian mountainsThat you each and all find somebody else to be your singer of songs,
For I can be your singer of songs no longerOne who loves me is jealous of me, and withdraws me from all but love,
With the rest I dispenseI sever from what I thought would suffice me, for it does notit is now empty and tasteless to me,
I heed knowledge, and the grandeur of The States, and the example of heroes, no more,
I am indifferent to my own songsI will go with him I love,
It is to be enough for us that we are togetherWe never separate again.
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