I Was Looking A Long While

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)


  I WAS looking a long while for a clue to the history of the past for
  myself, and for these chants--and now I have found it;
  It is not in those paged fables in the libraries, (them I neither
  accept nor reject;)
  It is no more in the legends than in all else;
  It is in the present--it is this earth to-day;
  It is in Democracy--(the purport and aim of all the past;)
  It is the life of one man or one woman to-day--the average man of
  to-day;
  It is in languages, social customs, literatures, arts;
  It is in the broad show of artificial things, ships, machinery,
  politics, creeds, modern improvements, and the interchange of
  nations,
  All for the average man of to-day.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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