Leaves of Grass

Author: Walt Whitman  | Date: 1855

To Rich Givers

WHAT you give me I cheerfully accept,

A little sustenance, a hut and garden, a little money, as I

rendezvous with my poems,

A traveler’s lodging and breakfast as I journey through the States,-

why should I be ashamed to own such gifts? why to advertise

for them?

For I myself am not one who bestows nothing upon man and woman,

For I bestow upon any man or woman the entrance to all the gifts of

the universe.


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Chicago: Walt Whitman, "To Rich Givers," Leaves of Grass Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L1RPMD9AUS1U5W7.

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