City Of Orgies By Walt Whitman
CITY of orgies, walks and joys!
City whom that I have lived and sung in your midst will one day make
Not the pageants of you–not your shifting tableaux, your spectacles,
Not the interminable rows of your houses–nor the ships at the
Nor the processions in the streets, nor the bright windows, with
goods in them;
Nor to converse with learn’d persons, or bear my share in the soiree
Not those–but, as I pass, O Manhattan! your frequent and swift flash
of eyes offering me love,
Offering response to my own–these repay me;
Lovers, continual lovers, only repay me.