Monthly Archives: August 2014

Quote for the Week

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The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.

–William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze, Preface

Daily Whitman

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Song of the Open Road

3
  You air that serves me with breath to speak!
  You objects that call from diffusion my meanings and give them shape!
  You light that wraps me and all things in delicate equable showers!
  You paths worn in the irregular hollows by the roadsides!
  I believe you are latent with unseen existences, you are so dear to me.

  You flagg'd walks of the cities! you strong curbs at the edges!
  You ferries! you planks and posts of wharves! you timber-lined
      side! you distant ships!
  You rows of houses! you window-pierc'd facades! you roofs!
  You porches and entrances! you copings and iron guards!
  You windows whose transparent shells might expose so much!
  You doors and ascending steps! you arches!
  You gray stones of interminable pavements! you trodden crossings!
  From all that has touch'd you I believe you have imparted to
      yourselves, and now would impart the same secretly to me,
  From the living and the dead you have peopled your impassive surfaces,
      and the spirits thereof would be evident and amicable with me.

Daily Whitman

Hoboes

Song of the Open Road

 2
  You road I enter upon and look around, I believe you are not all
      that is here,
  I believe that much unseen is also here.

  Here the profound lesson of reception, nor preference nor denial,
  The black with his woolly head, the felon, the diseas'd, the
      illiterate person, are not denied;
  The birth, the hasting after the physician, the beggar's tramp, the
      drunkard's stagger, the laughing party of mechanics,
  The escaped youth, the rich person's carriage, the fop, the eloping couple,
  The early market-man, the hearse, the moving of furniture into the
      town, the return back from the town,
  They pass, I also pass, any thing passes, none can be interdicted,
  None but are accepted, none but shall be dear to me.

Some Scandinavian Psychedelic Psytrance Music for the Weekend

Stubborn Highlanders Revisited, and Antinomies of Pure Reason

Aam still thinkin’ abit it.

We’ve been discussing free will in the context of universalism.  The notion put forth by defenders of the Traditional View of Hell (TVOH) in recent times has tried to defend God from charges of wantonly tossing people to damnation by asserting that the damned damn themselves.  That is, those who choose against God, who choose to reject Him, voluntarily remove themselves from His presence.  This removal from God’s presence is Hell.  To the objection that they would surely change their minds sooner or later, the assertion is made that it is possible to reject God permanently, that is, to make an irrevocable decision from free will.  For one to assert a universalist view–that all will ultimately be saved–one must argue that no such irrevocable decision, at least regarding Hell, is possible.  This possibility of eternally irrevocable choices is what we’ve been looking at.

Let’s briefly sum up what we’ve decided thus far.  Some argue that in the afterlife time as we know it no longer applies to saved or damned souls, and thus that their choices are not irrevocable over countless aeons, but rather made once and for all in an eternal moment.  Against this, I’ve argued here and here that this can apply only to God Himself, and not to lesser beings, even immortal ones in the afterlife.  Therefore, I’ve focused on whether or not a choice, can, in fact, be eternally irrevocable.  I began that discussion here and elaborated here.  I’ve used the whimsical idea that Connor MacCleod, eponymous hero of the Highlander movies and guest star in the series, has vowed that he will never, ever eat a broccoli fudge sundae.  I’ve further specified that he is truly immortal–he will live not just for an unimaginably long time, but literally for all eternity.  Can he keep this vow?

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Daily Whitman

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BOOK VII

Song of the Open Road

       1
  Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
  Healthy, free, the world before me,
  The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

  Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,
  Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
  Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,
  Strong and content I travel the open road.

  The earth, that is sufficient,
  I do not want the constellations any nearer,
  I know they are very well where they are,
  I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

  (Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,
  I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,
  I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,
  I am fill'd with them, and I will fill them in return.)

 

Daily Whitman: Index

WaltWhitman2This is the complete index to the various poems in Leaves of Grass, which I am publishing as my “Daily Whitman” series.  Enjoy!

Leaves of Grass (Intro) Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone Song for All Seas, All Ships 2 This
Compost 2
Years of the Modern
Book
I. 
Inscriptions

One’s-Self I Sing

Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes Patroling
Barnegat
To a Foil’dEuropeanRevolutionaire Ashes of Soldiers
As I Ponder’d
In Silence
Trickle Drops After
the Sea-Ship
Unnamed Land Thoughts
1
In Cabin’d
Ships at Sea
City of Orgies Book
XX. By the Roadside

A Boston Ballad [1854]

Song of Prudence Thoughts
2
To Foreign Lands Behold This Swarthy Face

 

Europe (the 72nd and 73rdYears of These States) The Singer in the Prison 1 Song
at Sunset
To a Historian I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing A Hand-Mirror The Singer in the Prison 2 As at Thy Portals

Also Death

To Thee Old Cause To a Stranger Gods The Singer in the Prison 3 My Legacy
Eidolons This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful

 

Germs Warble for Lilac-Time Pensive on Her Dead

Gazing

For Him I Sing I Hear It Was Charged Against Me Thoughts Outlines
for a Tomb (G. P., Buried 1870) 1
Camps of Green
When I Read the Book

 

The Prairie-Grass Dividing

 

Perfections Outlines
for a Tomb (G. P., Buried 1870) 2
The Sobbing of the

Bells [Midnight, Sept. 19-20, 1881]

Beginning My Studies When I Peruse the Conquer’d Fame

 

O Me!  O Life! Outlines
for a Tomb (G. P., Buried 1870) 3
As They Draw to a

Close

Beginners We Two Boys Together Clinging

 

To a President Out
from Behind This Mask (To Confront a Portrait) 1
Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
To the States A Promise to California I
Sit and Look Out
Out
from Behind This Mask (To Confront a Portrait) 2
The Untold Want
On Journeys Through the States

 

Here the Frailest Leaves of Me To
Rich Givers
Vocalism
1
Portals
To a Certain Cantatrice

 

No Labor-Saving Machine

 

The
Dalliance of the Eagles
Vocalism
2
These
Carols
Me Imperturbe A Glimpse Roaming
in Thought (after Reading Hegel)
To
Him That Was Crucified
Now
Finale to the Shore
Savantism A Leaf for Hand in Hand A
Farm Picture
You
Felons on Trial in Courts
So
Long!
The Ship Starting Earth, My Likeness A
Child’s Amaze
Laws
for Creations
Book
XXXIV. Sands at Seventy

Manahatta

I Hear America Singing I Dream’d
in a Dream
The
Runner
To
a Common Prostitute
Paumanok
What Place Is Besieged

 

What Think You
I Take My Pen in Hand?
Beautiful
Women
I
Was Looking a Long While
From Montauk Point
Still Though the One I Sing

 

To the East and to the
West
Mother
and Babe
Thought To Those Who’ve Fail’d
Shut Not Your Doors Sometimes with One I Love Thought Miracles A Carol Closing

Sixty-Nine

Poets to Come To a Western Boy Visor’d Sparkles
from the Wheel
The Bravest

Soldiers

To You Fast Anchor’dEternal O Love Thought To
a Pupil
A Font of Type
Thou Reader Among the Multitude Gliding
O’er All
Unfolded
out of the Folds
As I Sit Writing

Here

Book
II

Starting fromPaumanok 1

O You Whom I
Often and Silently Come
Hast
Never Come to Thee an Hour
What
Am I After All
My Canary Bird
Starting fromPaumanok 2 That Shadow My Likeness Thought Kosmos Queries to My

Seventieth Year

Starting fromPaumanok 3 Full of Life Now To
Old Age
Others
May Praise What They Like
The Wallabout
Martyrs
Starting fromPaumanok 4 Book
VI

Salut au
Monde! 1

Locations
and Times
Who
Learns My LessonComlete?
The First Dandelion
Starting fromPaumanok 5 Salut au
Monde! 2
Offerings Tests America
Starting fromPaumanok 6 Salut au
Monde! 3
To
These States (to Identify the 16th, 17th, or

18th Presidentiad)

The
Torch
Memories
Starting fromPaumanok 7 Salut au
Monde! 4
Book
XXI. Drum-Taps

First
O Songs for a Prelude

O
Star of France (1870-1871)
To-Day and Thee
Starting fromPaumanok 8 Salut au
Monde! 5
Eighteen
Sixty-One
The
Ox-Tamer
After the Dazzle of

Day

Starting fromPaumanok 9 Salut au
Monde! 6
Beat!
Beat!  Drums!
Wandering
at Morn
Abraham Lincoln,

Born Feb. 12, 1809

Starting fromPaumanok 10 Salut au
Monde! 7
From
PaumanokStarting I Fly Like a Bird
With
All Thy Gifts
Out of May’s Shows

Selected

Starting fromPaumanok 11 Salut au
Monde! 8
Song
of the Banner at Daybreak
My
Picture-Gallery
Halcyon Days
Starting fromPaumanok 12 Salut au
Monde! 9
Rise
O Days from Your Fathomless Deeps
The
Prairie States
FANCIES
AT NAVESINK [I]
Starting fromPaumanok 13 Salut au
Monde! 10
Virginia—The
West
Book
XXV

Proud
Music of the Storm 1

FANCIES
AT NAVESINK [II]
Starting fromPaumanok 14 Salut au
Monde! 11
City
of Ships
Proud
Music of the Storm 2
FANCIES
AT NAVESINK [III]
Starting fromPaumanok 15 Salut au
Monde! 12
The
Centenarian’s Story
Proud
Music of the Storm 3
FANCIES
AT NAVESINK [IV]
Starting fromPaumanok 16 Salut au
Monde! 13
Cavalry
Crossing a Ford
Proud
Music of the Storm 4
FANCIES
AT NAVESINK [V]
Starting fromPaumanok 17 Book
VII

Song of the Open Road 1

Bivouac
on a Mountain Side
Proud
Music of the Storm 5
FANCIES
AT NAVESINK [VI]
Starting fromPaumanok 18 Song of the Open Road 2 An
Army Corps on the March
Proud
Music of the Storm 6
FANCIES
AT NAVESINK [VII]
Starting fromPaumanok 19 Song of the Open Road 3 By
the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame
Book
XXVI

Passage
to India 1

FANCIES
AT NAVESINK [VIII]
Book
III

Song of Myself 1

Song of the Open Road 4 Come
up from the Fields Father
Passage
to India 2
Election Day,

November, 1884

Song of Myself 2 Song of the Open Road 5 Vigil
Strange I Kept on the Field

One Night

Passage
to India 3
With Husky-Haughty

Lips, O Sea!

Song of Myself 3 Song of the Open Road 6 A
March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the

Road Unknown

Passage
to India 4
Death of General

Grant

Song of Myself 4 Song of the Open Road 7 A
Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim
Passage
to India 5
Red Jacket (From

Aloft)

Song of Myself 5 Song of the Open Road 8 As
Toilsome I Wander Virginia’s Woods
Passage
to India 6
Washington’s

Monument February, 1885

Song of Myself 6 Song of the Open Road 9 Not
the Pilot
Passage
to India 7
Of That Blithe

Throat of Thine

Song of Myself 7 Song of the Open Road 10 Year
that Trembled andReel’d Beneath Me
Passage
to India 8
Broadway
Song of Myself 8 Song of the Open Road 11 The
Wound-Dresser 1
Passage
to India 9
To Get the Final

Lilt of Songs

Song of Myself 9 Song of the Open Road 12 The
Wound-Dresser 2
Book
XXVII

Prayer
of Columbus

Old SaltKossabone
Song of Myself 10 Song of the Open Road 13 The
Wound-Dresser 3
Book
XXVIII

The
Sleepers 1

The Dead Tenor
Song of Myself 11 Song of the Open Road 14 The
Wound-Dresser 4
The
Sleepers 2
Continuities
Song of Myself 12 Song of the Open Road 15 Long,
Too Long America
The
Sleepers 3
Yonnondio
Song of Myself 13 Book
VIII

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 1

Give
Me the Splendid Silent Sun 1
The
Sleepers 4
Life
Song of Myself 14 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 2 Give
Me the Splendid Silent Sun 2
The
Sleepers 5
“Going

Somewhere”

Song of Myself 15 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 3 Dirge
for Two Veterans
The
Sleepers 6
Small the Theme of

My Chant

Song of Myself 16 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 4 Over
the Carnage Rose Prophetic a Voice
The
Sleepers 7
True Conquerors
Song of Myself 17 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 5 I
Saw Old General at Bay
The
Sleepers 8
The United States

to Old World Critics

Song of Myself 18 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 6 The
Artilleryman’s Visions
Transpositions The Calming Thought

of All

Song of Myself 19 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 7 Ethiopia
Saluting the Colors
Book
XXIX

To
Think of Time 1

Thanks in Old Age
Song of Myself 20 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 8 Not
Youth Pertains to Me
To
Think of Time 2
Life and Death
Song of Myself 21 Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 9 Race
of Veterans
To
Think of Time 3
The Voice of the

Rain

Song of Myself 22 Book
IX

Song of the Answerer 1

World
Take Good Notice
To
Think of Time 4
Soon Shall the

Winter’s Foil Be Here

Song of Myself 23 Song of the Answerer 2 O
Tan-Face Prarie-Boy
To
Think of Time 5
While Not the Past

Forgetting

Song of Myself 24 Book
X

Our OldFeuillage

Look
Down Fair Moon
To
Think of Time 6
The Dying Veteran
Song of Myself 25 Book
XI

A Song of Joys

Reconciliation To
Think of Time 7
Stronger Lessons
Song of Myself 26 Book
XII

Song of the Broad-Axe 1

How
Solemn as One by One (Washington City,  1865)
To
Think of Time 8
A Prairie Sunset
Song of Myself 27 Song of the Broad-Axe 2 As
I Lay with My Head in Your LapCamerado
To
Think of Time 9
Twenty Years
Song of Myself 28 Song of the Broad-Axe 3 Delicate
Cluster
Book
XXX. Whispers of Heavenly Death

Darest
Thou Now O Soul

Orange
Buds by Mail from Florida
Song of Myself 29 Song of the Broad-Axe 4 To
a Certain Civilian
Whispers
of Heavenly Death
Twilight
Song of Myself 30 Song of the Broad-Axe 5 Lo,
Victress on the Peak
Chanting
the Square Deific 1
You Lingering

Sparse Leaves of Me

Song of Myself 31 Song of the Broad-Axe 6 Spirit
Whose Work is Done (Washington City, 1865)
Chanting
the Square Deific 2
Not Meagre, Latent

Boughs Alone

Song of Myself 32 Song of the Broad-Axe 7 Adieu
to a Soldier
Chanting
the Square Deific 3
The Dead Emperor
Song of Myself 33 Song of the Broad-Axe 8 Turn
O Libertad
Chanting
the Square Deific 4
As the Greek’s

Signal Flame

Song of Myself 34 Song of the Broad-Axe 9 To
the Leaven’d Soil They Trod
Of
Him I Love Day and Night
The Dismantled Ship
Song of Myself 35 Song of the Broad-Axe 10 Book
XXII. Memories of President Lincoln

When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 1

Yet,
Yet, Ye Downcast Hours
Now Precedent

Songs, Farewell

Song of Myself 36 Song of the Broad-Axe 11 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 2
As
If a PhantomCaress’d Me
An
Evening Lull
Song of Myself 37 Song of the Broad-Axe 12 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 3
Assurances Old Age’s Lambent

Peaks

Song of Myself 38 Book
XIII

Song of the Exposition 1

When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 4
Quicksand
Years
After the Supper

and Talk

Song of Myself 39 Song of the Exposition 2 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 5
That
Music Always Round Me
Book
XXXV. Good-Bye My Fancy

Sail
out for Good, Eidolon Yacht!

Song of Myself 40 Song of the Exposition 3 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 6
What
Ship Puzzled at Sea
Lingering Last

Drops

Song of Myself 41 Song of the Exposition 4 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 7
A
Noiseless Patient Spider
Good-Bye My Fancy
Song of Myself 42 Song of the Exposition 5 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 8
O
Living Always, Always Dying
On, on the Same, Ye

Jocund Twain!

Song of Myself 43 Song of the Exposition 6 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 9
To
One Shortly to Die
My 71st Year
Song of Myself 44 Song of the Exposition 7 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 10
Night
on the Praries
Apparitions
Song of Myself 45 Song of the Exposition 8 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 11
Thought The Pallid Wreath
Song of Myself 46 Song of the Exposition 9 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 12
The
Last Invocation
An Ended Day
Song of Myself 47 Book
XIV

Song of the Redwood-Tree 1

When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 13
As
I Watch the Ploughman Ploughing
Old Age’s Ship

& Crafty Death’s

Song of Myself 48 Song of the Redwood-Tree 2 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 14
Pensive
and Faltering
To the Pending Year
Song of Myself 49 Song of the Redwood-Tree 3 When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 15
Book
XXXI

Thou
Mother with Thy Equal Blood 1

Shakspere-Bacon’s

Cipher

Song of Myself 50 Book
XV

A Song for Occupations 1

When
Lilacs Last in the DooryardBloom’d 16
Thou
Mother with Thy Equal Blood 2
Long, Long Hence
Song of Myself 51 A Song for Occupations 2 O
Captain!  My Captain!
Thou
Mother with Thy Equal Blood 3
Bravo, Paris

Exposition!

Song of Myself 52 A Song for Occupations 3 Hush’d
Be the Camps To-Day (May 4, 1865)
Thou
Mother with Thy Equal Blood 4
Interpolation

Sounds

Book
IV. Children of Adam

To the Garden of the World

A Song for Occupations 4 This
Dust Was Once the Man
Thou
Mother with Thy Equal Blood 5
To the Sun-SetBreeze
From Pent-Up Aching

Rivers

A Song for Occupations 5 Book
XXIII

By Blue Ontario’s Shore 1

Thou
Mother with Thy Equal Blood 6
Old Chants
I Sing the Body Electric 1 A Song for Occupations 6 By Blue Ontario’s Shore 2 A
PaumanokPicture
A ChristmasGreeting
I Sing the Bod Electric 2 Book
XVI

A Song of the Rolling
Earth 1

By Blue Ontario’s Shore 3 Book
XXXII. From Noon to Starry Night

Thou
Orb Aloft Full-Dazzling

Sounds of theWinter
I Sing the Body Electric 3 A Song of the Rolling
Earth 2
By
Blue Ontario’s Shore 4
Faces
1
A Twilight Song
I Sing the Body Electric 4 A Song of the Rolling
Earth 3
By Blue Ontario’s Shore 5 Faces
2
When the Full-Grown

Poet Came

I Sing the Body Electric 5 A Song of the Rolling
Earth 4
By Blue Ontario’s Shore 6 Faces
3
Osceola
I Sing the Body Electric 6 Youth, Day, Old Age and
Night
By Blue Ontario’s Shore 7 Faces
4
A Voice from Death
I Sing the Body Electric 7 Book
XVII. Birds of Passage

Song of the Universal 1

By Blue Ontario’s Shore 8 Faces
5
A Persian Lesson
I Sing the Body Electric 8 Song of the Universal 2 By Blue Ontario’s Shore 9 The Mystic Trumpeter 1 The Commonplace
I Sing the Body Electric 9 Song of the Universal 3 By Blue Ontario’s Shore 10 The Mystic Trumpeter 2 “The Rounded

Catalogue Divine Complete”

A Woman Waits for Me Song of the Universal 4 By Blue Ontario’s Shore 11 The Mystic Trumpeter 3 Mirages
Spontaneous Me Pioneers!  O Pioneers! By Blue Ontario’s Shore 12 The Mystic Trumpeter 4 L. of G.’s Purport
One Hour to Madness and Joy To You By
Blue Ontario’s Shore 13
The Mystic Trumpeter 5 TheUnexpress’d
Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd

 

France [the
18th Year of These States]
By Blue Ontario’s Shore 14 The Mystic Trumpeter 6 Grand Is the Seen
Ages and Ages Returning at Intervals Myself and Mine By Blue Ontario’s Shore 15 The Mystic Trumpeter 7 Unseen Buds
We Two, How Long We Were Fool’d Year of Meteors (1859-60) By Blue Ontario’s Shore 16 The Mystic Trumpeter 8 Good-Bye My Fancy!
O Hymen!  OHymenee! With
Antecedents 1
By Blue Ontario’s Shore 17 To a Locomotive in Winter
I Am He That Aches with Love

 

With
Antecedents 2
By Blue Ontario’s Shore 18 O Magnet-South
Native Moments With
Antecedents 3
By Blue Ontario’s Shore 9 Manahatta
Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City

 

Book
XVIII

A
Broadway Pageant 1

By Blue Ontario’s Shore 20 All
Is Truth
I Heard You Solemn-Sweet Pipes of the Organ A
Broadway Pageant 2
Reversals A
Riddle Song
Facing West from California’s Shores A
Broadway Pageant 3
Book
XXIV. Autumn Rivulets

As Consequent, Etc.

Excelsior
As Adam Early in the Morning Book
XIX. Sea-Drift

Out
of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking

The Return of the Heroes 1 Ah Poverties,Wincings,
and Sulky Retreats
Book
V. Calamus

In Paths Untrodden

As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life 1 The Return of the Heroes 2 Thoughts
Scented Herbage of My Breast As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life 2 The Return of the Heroes 3 Mediums
Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life 3 The Return of the Heroes 4 Weave in, My Hardy Life
For You, O Democracy As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life 4 The
Return of the Heroes 5
Spain, 1873-74
These I Singing in Splring Tears The
Return of the Heroes 6
By Broad Potomac’s

Shore

Not Heaving from My Ribb’d Breast Only To the Man-of-War Bird The
Return of the Heroes 7
From Far Dakota’sCanyons [June 25, 1876]
Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances Aboard
at a Ship’s Helm
The
Return of the Heroes 8
Old War-Dreams  
The Base of All Metaphysics

 

On
the Beach at Night
There
Was a Child Went Forth
Thick-SprinkledBunting
Recorders Ages Hence

 

The
World below the Brine
Old
Ireland
As I Walk These Broad Majestic Days
When I Heard at the Close of the Day On
the Beach at Night Alone
The
City Dead-House
A Clear Midnight
Are You the New Person Drawn Toward Me?

 

Song for All Seas, All Ships 1 This
Compost 1
Book
XXXIII. Songs of Parting

As
the Time Draws Nigh

Daily Whitman

world-hand

Salut au Monde!

13

O vapors! I think I have risen with you, and moved away to distant continents, and fallen down there, for reasons;
I think I have blown with you, O winds;
O waters, I have finger’d every shore with you.

I have run through what any river or strait of the globe has run through;
I have taken my stand on the bases of peninsulas, and on the high embedded rocks, to cry thence.

Salut au monde!
What cities the light or warmth penetrates, I penetrate those cities myself;
All islands to which birds wing their way, I wing my way myself.

Toward all,
I raise high the perpendicular hand—I make the signal,
To remain after me in sight forever,
For all the haunts and homes of men.

Daily Whitman

Norman Rockwell

Salut au Monde!

12

You Hottentot with clicking palate! You woolly-hair’d hordes!
You own’d persons, dropping sweat-drops or blood-drops!
You human forms with the fathomless ever-impressive countenances of brutes!
I dare not refuse you—the scope of the world, and of time and space, are upon me.

You poor koboo whom the meanest of the rest look down upon, for all your glimmering language and spirituality!
You low expiring aborigines of the hills of Utah, Oregon, California!
You dwarf’d Kamtschatkan, Greenlander, Lapp!
You Austral negro, naked, red, sooty, with protrusive lip, grovelling, seeking your food!
You Caffre, Berber, Soudanese!
You haggard, uncouth, untutor’d, Bedowee!
You plague-swarms in Madras, Nankin, Kaubul, Cairo!
You bather bathing in the Ganges!
You benighted roamer of Amazonia! you Patagonian! you Fejee-man!
You peon of Mexico! you slave of Carolina, Texas, Tennessee!
I do not prefer others so very much before you either;
I do not say one word against you, away back there, where you stand;
(You will come forward in due time to my side.)

My spirit has pass’d in compassion and determination around the whole earth;
I have look’d for equals and lovers, and found them ready for me in all lands;
I think some divine rapport has equalized me with them.

Daily Whitman

Cultural-Diversity

Salut au Monde!

11

You, whoever you are!
You daughter or son of England!
You of the mighty Slavic tribes and empires! you Russ in Russia!
You dim-descended, black, divine-soul’d African, large, fine-headed, nobly-form’d, superbly destin’d, on equal terms with me!
You Norwegian! Swede! Dane! Icelander! you Prussian!
You Spaniard of Spain! you Portuguese!
You Frenchwoman and Frenchman of France!
You Belge! you liberty-lover of the Netherlands!
You sturdy Austrian! you Lombard! Hun! Bohemian! farmer of Styria!
You neighbor of the Danube!
You working-man of the Rhine, the Elbe, or the Weser! you working-woman too!
You Sardinian! you Bavarian! Swabian! Saxon! Wallachian! Bulgarian!
You citizen of Prague! Roman! Neapolitan! Greek!
You lithe matador in the arena at Seville!
You mountaineer living lawlessly on the Taurus or Caucasus!
You Bokh horse-herd, watching your mares and stallions feeding!
You beautiful-bodied Persian, at full speed in the saddle, shooting arrows to the mark!
You Chinaman and Chinawoman of China! you Tartar of Tartary!
You women of the earth subordinated at your tasks!
You Jew journeying in your old age through every risk, to stand once on Syrian ground!

You other Jews waiting in all lands for your Messiah!
You thoughtful Armenian, pondering by some stream of the Euphrates! you peering amid the ruins of Nineveh! you ascending Mount Ararat!
You foot-worn pilgrim welcoming the far-away sparkle of the minarets of Mecca!
You sheiks along the stretch from Suez to Bab-el-mandeb, ruling your families and tribes!
You olive-grower tending your fruit on fields of Nazareth, Damascus, or Lake Tiberias!

You Thibet trader on the wide inland, or bargaining in the shops of Lassa!
You Japanese man or woman! you liver in Madagascar, Ceylon, Sumatra, Borneo!
All you continentals of Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, indifferent of place!
All you on the numberless islands of the archipelagoes of the sea!
And you of centuries hence, when you listen to me!
And you, each and everywhere, whom I specify not, but include just the same!
Health to you! Good will to you all—from me and America sent.

Each of us inevitable;
Each of us limitless—each of us with his or her right upon the earth;
Each of us allow’d the eternal purports of the earth;
Each of us here as divinely as any is here.