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Title: What Best I See In Thee

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: December 17, 1879

Publication information: The Philadelphia Press 17 December 1879: 8.

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

Whitman Archive ID: per.00146

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




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WHAT BEST I SEE IN THEE.1

[GENERAL GRANT IN PHILADELPHIA, DECEMBER —, 1879.]


What best I see in thee,
Is not that where thou mov'st down history's
great highways,
Ever undimm'd by time shoots warlike vic-
tory's dazzle;
Or that thou sat'st where Washington, Lincoln
sat, ruling the land in peace;
Or thou the man whom feudal Europe feted,
venerable Asia swarm'd upon;
Who walk'd with kings with even pace the
round world's promenade;
But that in war and peace, and in thy walks
with kings,
These average prairie sovereigns of the west,
Kansas, Missouri, Illinois,
Ohio's, Indiana's millions, comrades, farmers,
soldiers, all to the front,
Invisibly with thee walking with kings with
even pace the round world's promenade,
Were all so justified.
WALT WHITMAN.
St. Louis, December 1s.

Notes:

1. Reprinted in Leaves of Grass (1881–82). [back]


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