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Walt Whitman

Who has gone farthest? for I would go farther,
And who has been just? for I would be the most just person of the

earth,
And who most cautious? for I would be more cautious,
And who has been happiest? O I think it is I–I think no one was ever

happier than I,
And who has lavish’d all? for I lavish constantly the best I have,
And who proudest? for I think I have reason to be the proudest son

alive–for I am the son of the brawny and tall-topt city,
And who has been bold and true? for I would be the boldest and truest

being of the universe,
And who benevolent? for I would show more benevolence than all the

rest,
And who has receiv’d the love of the most friends? for I know what it      is to receive the passionate love of many friends,

And who possesses a perfect and enamour’d body? for I do not believe
any one possesses a more perfect or enamour’d body than mine,
And who thinks the amplest thoughts? for I would surround those

thoughts,
And who has made hymns fit for the earth? for I am mad with

devouring ecstasy to make joyous hymns for the whole earth.

 

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About This Poem

Excelsior is a Latin term meaning “ever upward”; it is the official motto of the State of New York. A slightly different version of this poem first appeared as “Poem of the Heart of the Son of Manhattan Island” in the second edition of Leaves of Grass.
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Walt Whitman was born in Huntington, New York, on May 31, 1819. He is best known for Leaves of Grass, a prodigious collection of poetry that he continually revised for most of his life. Whitman died in 1892.

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