by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

One's‑Self I sing
Language: English 
One's-Self I sing -- a simple, [separate]1 Person;
Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-masse.

Of Physiology from top to toe I sing;
Not physiognomy alone, nor brain alone, is worthy for the muse -- 
I say the Form complete is worthier far;
The Female equally with the male I sing.

Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power,
Cheerful -- for freest action form'd, under the laws divine,
The Modern Man I sing.

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1 Fine: "sep'rate"


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This text was added to the website: 2009-11-22
Line count: 9
Word count: 72