by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

The commonplace
Language: English 
The commonplace I sing;
How cheap is health! how cheap nobility!
Abstinence, no falsehood, no gluttony, lust;
The open air I sing, freedom, toleration,
(Take here the mainest lesson -- less from books -- less from the schools,)
The common day and night -- the common earth and waters,
Your farm -- your work, [trade]1, occupation,
The democratic wisdom underneath, like solid ground for all.

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1 Bacon: "your trade"


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This text was added to the website: 2010-04-20
Line count: 8
Word count: 61