Poem of The Child That Went Forth, and Always Goes Forth, Forever and Forever

by Walt Whitman
read the poem in its original formatting from The Walt Whitman Archive here

THERE was a child went forth every day,

And the first object he looked upon and re-
ceived with wonder, pity, love, or dread,
that object he became,

And that object became part of him for the day,
or a certain part of the day, or for many
years, or stretching cycles of years.

The early lilacs became part of this child,

And grass, and white and red morning-glories, and
white and red clover, and the song of the

And the March-born lambs, and the sow’s pink-
faint litter, and the mare’s foal, and the cow’s
calf, and the noisy brood of the barn-yard or
by the mire of the pond-side, and the fish
suspending themselves so curiously below
there, and the beautiful curious liquid, and the
water-plants with their graceful flat heads —
all became part of him.




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