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Poem of the Heart of the Son of Manhattan Island.

17 — Poem of The Heart of The Son of Manhattan Island.

WHO has gone farthest? For I swear I will go  
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  
And who has been happiest? O I think it is I!  
 I think no one was ever happier than I;
And who has lavished all? For I lavish con- 
 stantly the best I have;
And who has been firmest? For I would be  
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 city;
And who has been bold and true? For I would  
 be the boldest and truest being of the uni- 
And who benevolent? For I would show more  
 benevolence than all the rest;
  [ begin page 256 ]ppp.00237.264.jpg And who has projected beautiful words through  
 the longest time? By God! I will outvie  
 him! I will say such words, they shall  
 stretch through longer time!
And who has received the love of the most  
 friends? For I know what it is to receive  
 the passionate love of many friends;
And to whom has been given the sweetest from  
 women, and paid them in kind? For I will  
 take the like sweets, and pay them in kind;
And who possesses a perfect and enamored body?  
 For I do not believe any one possesses a  
 more perfect or enamored body than mine;
And who thinks the amplest thoughts? For I  
 will surround those thoughts;
And who has made hymns fit for the earth? For  
 I am mad with devouring ecstasy to make  
 joyous hymns for the whole earth!
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