1THINK of the Soul;
I swear to you that body of yours gives proportions
to your Soul somehow to live in other spheres;
I do not know how, but I know it is so.
2Think of loving and being loved;
I swear to you, whoever you are, you can interfuse
yourself with such things that everybody that
sees you shall look longingly upon you.
3Think of the past;
I warn you that in a little while, others will find their
past in you and your times.
4The race is never separated—nor man nor woman
All is inextricable—things, spirits, nature, nations,
you too—from precedents you come.
5Recall the ever-welcome defiers, (The mothers pre-
Recall the sages, poets, saviors, inventors, lawgivers,
of the earth;
Recall Christ, brother of rejected persons—brother of
slaves, felons, idiots, and of insane and diseas'd
6Think of the time when you was not yet born;
Think of times you stood at the side of the dying;
Think of the time when your own body will be dying.
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7Think of spiritual results,
Sure as the earth swims through the heavens, does
every one of its objects pass into spiritual
8Think of manhood, and you to be a man;
Do you count manhood, and the sweet of manhood,
9Think of womanhood, and you to be a woman;
The creation is womanhood;
Have I not said that womanhood involves all?
Have I not told how the universe has nothing better
than the best womanhood?