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Title: The Commonplace

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: March 1891

Whitman Archive ID: per.00020

Source: Munyon's Magazine 7.2 (March 1891): 117. Our transcription is based on a digital image of the original publication. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the periodical poems, see our statement of editorial policy.

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

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The Commonplace.

The Commonplace I sing;
How cheap is health! how cheap nobility!
Abstinense, not falsehood, gluttony, lust;
The open air, freedom, work ^ toils , toleration,
(Learn here the mainest lesson, America—
less from books—less from the schools,)
The day and night—the immortal earth
and waters,
Your farm—your work, trade, occupation,
The democratic wisdom underneath, like
solid ground for all.
Walt Whitman


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