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Title: To-day and Thee

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: April 23, 1888

Publication information: New York Herald 23 April 1888: 6.

Source: Our transcription is based on a digital image of a microfilm copy of an original issue.

Whitman Archive ID: per.00085

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, April Lambert, and Susan Belasco




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TO-DAY AND THEE.1

[WRITTEN FOR THE HERALD.]

The appointed winners in a long-stretched game;
The course of Time and nations—Egypt and
India, Greece and Rome;
The cost entire, with all its heroes, histories,
arts, experiments,
Its store of songs, inventions, voyages, teach-
ers, books,
Garnered for now and thee—To think of it!
The heirdom all converged in thee!
WALT WHITMAN.

Notes:

1. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888). [back]


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