17. Song of Myself (Walt Whitman, 1819-1892)

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These are really the thoughts of all men in all ages and lands, they
are not original with me,
If they are not yours as much as mine they are nothing, or next to
nothing,
If they are not the riddle and the untying of the riddle they are
nothing,
If they are not just as close as they are distant they are nothing.

This is the grass that grows wherever the land is and the water is,
This the common air that bathes the globe.
More: Song of Myself
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From Leaves of Grass, 1855 or thereabouts (Whitman published a lot of editions of this book).

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