Leaves of Grass (1881-82)

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WHO has gone farthest? for I would go farther,
And who has been just? for I would be the most just person of
         the earth,
And who most cautious? for I would be more cautious,
And who has been happiest? O I think it is I—I think no one
         was ever happier than I,
And who has lavish'd all? for I lavish constantly the best I have,
And who proudest? for I think I have reason to be the proudest
         son alive—for I am the son of the brawny and tall-topt
And who has been bold and true? for I would be the boldest and
         truest being of the universe,
And who benevolent? for I would show more benevolence than
         all the rest,
And who has receiv'd the love of the most friends? for I know
         what it is to receive the passionate love of many friends,
And who possesses a perfect and enamour'd body? for I do not
         believe any one possesses a more perfect or enamour'd
         body than mine,
And who thinks the amplest thoughts? for I would surround those
And who has made hymns fit for the earth? for I am mad with de-
         vouring ecstasy to make joyous hymns for the whole earth.
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