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

57. A Promise to California

A PROMISE to California, 
Also to the great Pastoral Plains, and for Oregon: 
Sojourning east a while longer, soon I travel toward you, to remain, to teach robust American love; 
For I know very well that I and robust love belong among you, inland, and along the Western Sea; 
For These States tend inland, and toward the Western Sea—and I will also.         5


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