Not The Pilot

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


  NOT the pilot has charged himself to bring his ship into port, though
  beaten back, and many times baffled;
  Not the path-finder, penetrating inland, weary and long,
  By deserts parch'd, snows-chill'd, rivers wet, perseveres till he
  reaches his destination,
  More than I have charged myself, heeded or unheeded, to compose a
  free march for These States,
  To be exhilarating music to them--a battle-call, rousing to arms, if
  need be--years, centuries hence.

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