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

64. To the East and to the West

TO the East and to the West; 
To the man of the Seaside State, and of Pennsylvania, 
To the Kanadian of the North—to the Southerner I love; 
These, with perfect trust, to depict you as myself—the germs are in all men; 
I believe the main purport of These States is to found a superb friendship, exalté, previously unknown,         5
Because I perceive it waits, and has been always waiting, latent in all men. 


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