People, Jan. 1, 1951

Arts & Letters

Walt Whitman would be a pretty good antidote for the world's present troubles, thought Irish Playwright Sean (Juno and the Paycock) O'Casey, who set his idea to a little rhyme for the New Statesman and Nation:


Walt Whitman, one of the world's good wishes

Is the one that wishes you here today.

To sing, shake hands to the world's peoples

To listen, cock-ear'd, in a way of wonder,

To all the others have got to say;

Then with your own embracing message,

Lead all correctly, or lead us astray;

For either is...

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