Walt Whitman: Poems

Songs of Parting: To a Historian

You who celebrate bygones:

Who have explored the outward, the surfaces of the races--the life that has

exhibited itself;

Who have treated of man as the creature of politics, aggregates, rulers,

and priests.

I, habitue of the Alleghanies, treating man as he is in himself, in his own


Pressing the pulse of the life that has seldom exhibited itself, the great

pride of man in himself;

Chanter of Personality, outlining what is yet to be;

I project the history of the future.