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:

SAINTLY SINNER, SING FOR US

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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