Leaves of Grass (1881-82)

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NOT the pilot has charged himself to bring his ship into port,
         though beaten back and many times baffled;
Not the pathfinder penetrating inland weary and long,
By deserts parch'd, snows chill'd, rivers wet, perseveres till he
         reaches his destination,
More than I have charged myself, heeded or unheeded, to com-
         pose a march for these States,
For a battle-call, rousing to arms if need be, years, centuries
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