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Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900.

158. Race of Veterans

RACE of veterans! Race of victors!

Race of the soil, ready for conflict! race of the conquering march!

(No more credulity’s race, abiding-temper’d race;)

Race henceforth owning no law but the law of itself;

Race of passion and the storm.