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

71. To a Western Boy

O BOY of the West!

To you many things to absorb, I teach, to help you become eleve of mine:

Yet if blood like mine circle not in your veins;

If you be not silently selected by lovers, and do not silently select lovers,

Of what use is it that you seek to become eleve of mine?