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Title: With All the Gifts, America

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: March 6, 1873

Publication information: New York Daily Graphic 6 March 1873: 2.

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

Whitman Archive ID: per.00128

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




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WITH ALL THE GIFTS, AMERICA.1

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With all the gifts, America,
(Standing secure, rapidly tending, overlooking the
world,
Power, wealth, extent, vouchsafed to thee—with
these, and like of these, vouchsafed to thee,
What, if one gift thou lack'st? (the ultimate human
problem never solving;)
The gift of perfect women fit for thee? What if that
gift of gifts thou lack'st?
The perfect feminine of thee? The beauty, health,
completion fit for thee?
The mothers fit for thee?
WALT WHITMAN.

Notes:

1. Reprinted in Two Rivulets (1876). [back]


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