Leaves of Grass

Author: Walt Whitman  | Date: 1891-92

To a Certain Cantatrice

HERE, take this gift,

I was reserving it for some hero, speaker, or general,

One who should serve the good old cause, the great idea, the

progress and freedom of the race,

Some brave confronter of despots, some daring rebel;

But I see that what I was reserving belongs to you just as much as

to any.


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Chicago: Walt Whitman, "To a Certain Cantatrice," Leaves of Grass Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4ADG7TQRG6ZMPRM.

MLA: Whitman, Walt. "To a Certain Cantatrice." Leaves of Grass, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4ADG7TQRG6ZMPRM.

Harvard: Whitman, W, 'To a Certain Cantatrice' in Leaves of Grass. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4ADG7TQRG6ZMPRM.