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

84. Me Imperturbe

ME imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature, 
Master of all, or mistress of all—aplomb in the midst of irrational things, 
Imbued as they—passive, receptive, silent as they, 
Finding my occupation, poverty, notoriety, foibles, crimes, less important than I thought; 
Me private, or public, or menial, or solitary—all these subordinate, (I am eternally equal with the best—I am not subordinate;)         5
Me toward the Mexican Sea, or in the Mannahatta, or the Tennessee, or far north, or inland, 
A river man, or a man of the woods, or of any farm-life in These States, or of the coast, or the lakes, or Kanada, 
Me, wherever my life is lived, O to be self-balanced for contingencies! 
O to confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do. 



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