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First Line: The commonplace I sing
Last Line: The democratic wisdom underneath, like solid ground for all.
Subject(s): Democracy


The commonplace I sing;
How cheap is health! how cheap nobility!
Abstinence, no falsehood, no gluttony, lust;
The open air I sing, freedom, toleration,
(Take here the mainest lesson -- less from books -- less
from the schools,)
The common day and night -- the common earth and waters,
Your farm -- your work, trade, occupation,
The democratic wisdom underneath, like solid ground for all.





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