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

57. A Promise to California

A PROMISE to California,

Also to the great Pastoral Plains, and for Oregon:

Sojourning east a while longer, soon I travel toward you, to remain, to teach robust American love;

For I know very well that I and robust love belong among you, inland, and along the Western Sea;

For These States tend inland, and toward the Western Sea—and I will also.