A Christmas Greeting by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
Welcome, Brazilian brother--thy ample place is ready;
A loving hand--a smile from the north--a sunny instant hall!
(Let the future care for itself, where it reveals its troubles,impedimentas,
Ours, ours the present throe, the democratic aim, the acceptance andthe faith;)
To thee to-day our reaching arm, our turning neck--to thee from usthe expectant eye,
Thou cluster free! thou brilliant lustrous one! thou, learning well,
The true lesson of a nation's light in the sky,
(More shining than the Cross, more than the Crown,)
The height to be superb humanity.