Song of the Universal
Come said the Muse,
Sing me a song no poet has chanted,
Sing me the universal.
In this broad earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed perfection.
By every life a share or more or less,
None born but it is born, conceal’d or unconceal’d the seed is waiting.
– Walt Whitman
(Book XVII Birds of Passage) from Leaves of Grass