WHO has gone farthest? For lo! have not I gone farther?
  And who has been just? For I would be the most just person of the
        earth;
  And who most cautious? For I would be more cautious;
  And who has been happiest? O I think it is I! I think no one was ever
        happier than I;
  And who has lavish’d all? For I lavish constantly the best I have;
  And who has been firmest? For I would be firmer;
  And who proudest? For I think I have reason to be the proudest son
        alive—for I am the son of the brawny and tall-topt city;
  And who has been bold and true? For I would be the boldest and truest
        being of the universe;
  And who benevolent? For I would show more benevolence than all the
        rest;
  And who has projected beautiful words through the longest time? Have
        I not outvied him? have I not said the words that shall stretch
        through longer time?                                         10
  And who has receiv’d the love of the most friends? For I know what it
        is to receive the passionate love of many friends;
  And who possesses a perfect and enamour’d body? For I do not believe
        any one possesses a more perfect or enamour’d body than mine;
  And who thinks the amplest thoughts? For I will surround those
        thoughts;
  And who has made hymns fit for the earth? For I am mad with devouring
        extasy to make joyous hymns for the whole earth!

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