Leaves of Grass

Author: Walt Whitman  | Date: 1855


ALL submit to them where they sit, inner, secure, unapproachable to

analysis in the soul,

Not traditions, not the outer authorities are the judges,

They are the judges of outer authorities and of all traditions,

They corroborate as they go only whatever corroborates themselves,

and touches themselves;

For all that, they have it forever in themselves to corroborate far

and near without one exception.


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Chicago: Walt Whitman, "Tests," Leaves of Grass Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9QQLNHHLZANMR4X.

MLA: Whitman, Walt. "Tests." Leaves of Grass, Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9QQLNHHLZANMR4X.

Harvard: Whitman, W, 'Tests' in Leaves of Grass. Original Sources, retrieved 22 April 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9QQLNHHLZANMR4X.