Walt Whitman: Poems

Leaves of Grass: Beginners

How they are provided for upon the earth, appearing at intervals;

How dear and dreadful they are to the earth;

How they inure to themselves as much as to any--What a paradox appears

their age;

How people respond to them, yet know them not;

How there is something relentless in their fate, all times;

How all times mischoose the objects of their adulation and reward,

And how the same inexorable price must still be paid for the same great