There Was a Child Went Forth

The Was a Child Went Forth Every Day

There was a child went forth every day;
And the first object he look’d upon, 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 phoebe-bird,
And the Third-month 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…

-Walt Whitman

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4 Responses to “There Was a Child Went Forth”


  1. 1 Linda May 2, 2009 at 7:25 am

    I never read this before. thank you for sharing it along with the wonderful exploring boy child photo.

  2. 2 Linda May 2, 2009 at 7:28 am

    It just occurred to me that may be a lovely girl child. Sorry . I love the photo and the Walt Whitman verse with it.

  3. 3 Visty May 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    beautiful photo! And I’ve always loved that poem.

  4. 4 emily May 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    at the day camp my kids go to in the summertime, they use this quote on their promotional materials and their tshirts (well, the beginning of it anyway). so good.


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