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Leaves of Grass
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  • The Commonplace The commonplace I sing; How cheap is health! how cheap nobility! Abstinence, no falsehood, no gluttony, lust; The open air I sing, freedom, toleration, (Take here the mainest lesson—less from books—less from the schools,) The common day and night—the common earth and waters, Your farm—your work, trade, occupation, The democratic wisdom underneath, like solid ground for all.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • A Christmas Greeting Welcome, Brazilian brother—thy ample place is ready; A loving hand—a smile from the north—a sunny instant hall! (Let the future care for itself, where it reveals its troubles, impedimentas, Ours, ours the present throe, the democratic aim, the acceptance and the faith;) To thee to-day our reaching arm, our turning neck—to thee from us the expectant eye, Thou cluster free! thou brilliant lustrous one! thou, learning well, The true lesson of a nation's light in the…  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …and of all that is begun, And how the States are complete in themselves—and how all triumphs and glories are complete in themselves, to lead onward, And how these of mine and of the States will in their turn be convuls'd, and serve other parturitions and transitions, And how all people, sights, combinations, the democratic masses too, serve—and how every fact, and war itself, with all its horrors, serves, And how now or at any time each serves the exquisite transition of death.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …the Western States, or see freedom or spirituality, or hold any faith in results, (But I see the athletes, and I see the results of the war glorious and inevitable, and they again leading to other results.) How the great cities appear—how the Democratic masses, turbulent, willful, as I love them, How the whirl, the contest, the wrestle of evil with good, the sounding and resounding, keep on and on, How society waits unform'd, and is for a while between things ended and things begun,…  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …thee formulating, not in thy two great wars, nor in thy century's visible growth, But far more in these leaves and chants, thy chants, great Mother!) Thee in an education grown of thee, in teachers, studies, students, born of thee, Thee in thy democratic fetes en-masse, thy high original festivals, operas, lecturers, preachers, Thee in thy ultimate, (the preparations only now completed, the edifice on sure foundations tied,) Thee in thy pinnacles, intellect, thought, thy topmost…  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …(for we are one,) That should I after return, Or, long, long hence, in other spheres, There to some group of mates the chants resuming, (Tallying Earth's soil, trees, winds, tumultuous waves,) Ever with pleas'd smile I may keep on, Ever and ever yet the verses owning—as, first, I here and now Signing for Soul and Body, set to them my name, Walt Whitman BOOK I. INSCRIPTIONS One's-Self I Sing One's-self I sing, a simple separate person, Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.  (not reviewed by editor)

Samples from Other Sources
  • It is a democratic country.

  • Movies are a democratic art form.

  • It promotes a return to the democratically elected political systems of the past.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent

  • But Mr. P isn`t a Democratic-, Republican-, Christian-, or Devil-worshipping freak.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  • This country has long exemplified democratic practice to the rest of the world.
    Sandra Day O`Connor and Roy Romer  --  Not By Math Alone
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