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

232. What am I, After All?

WHAT am I, after all, but a child, pleas’d with the sound of my own name? repeating it over and over;

I stand apart to hear—it never tires me.

To you, your name also;

Did you think there was nothing but two or three pronunciations in the sound of your name?