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Robert Pinsky Reads Walt Whitman for the 4th of July

On the July 4, 2001 NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky read aloud the concluding section of Walt Whitman’s "By Blue Ontario’s Shore," Pinsky said, "Whitman’s list of what he ‘will not shirk’ remains an attractive agenda and can inspire a credible patriotism." Here, for the 4th of July, are Walt Whitman’s lines:

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