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

8. Beginning my Studies

BEGINNING my studies, the first step pleas’d me so much,

The mere fact, consciousness—these forms—the power of motion,

The least insect or animal—the senses—eyesight—love;

The first step, I say, aw’d me and pleas’d me so much,

I have hardly gone, and hardly wish’d to go, any farther,

But stop and loiter all the time, to sing it in extatic songs.