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Passage%20to%20India - Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Leaves o f...

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Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900. a to India 1 SINGING my days, Singing the great achievements of the present, Singing the strong, light works of engineers, Our modem wonders, (the antique ponderous Seven outvied,) In the Old World, the east, the Suez canal, The New by its mighty railroad spann'd, The seas inlaid with eloquent, gentle wires, I sound, to commence, the cry, with thee, 0 soul, The Past! the Past! the Past! The Past! the dark, unfathom'd retrospect! The teeming gulf! the sleepers and the shadows! The past! the infinite greatness of the past! For what is the present, after all, but a growth out of the past? (As a projectile, form'd, impell'd, passing a certain line, still keeps on, So the present, utterly form'd, impell'd by the past.) 2 Passage, 0 soul, to India! Ec1aircise the myths Asiatic-the primitive fables. Not you alone, proud truths of the world! Nor you alone, ye facts ofmodem science! But myths and fables
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2011 for the course HUMN 2124 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Arkansas.

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