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Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

27. Facing West from California’s Shores

FACING west, from California’s shores, 
Inquiring, tireless, seeking what is yet unfound, 
I, a child, very old, over waves, towards the house of maternity, the land of migrations, look afar, 
Look off the shores of my Western Sea—the circle almost circled; 
For, starting westward from Hindustan, from the vales of Kashmere,         5
From Asia—from the north—from the God, the sage, and the hero, 
From the south—from the flowery peninsulas, and the spice islands; 
Long having wander’d since—round the earth having wander’d, 
Now I face home again—very pleas’d and joyous; 
(But where is what I started for, so long ago?  10
And why is it yet unfound?) 



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