Song of Myself
by Walt Whitman


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Song of Myself
by Walt Whitman
(1819 – 1892)
From Leaves of Grass

I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self- contained,
I stand and look at them sometimes an hour at a stretch.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
No one is dissatisfied – not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.