Books by Whitman
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|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.|
Think 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.
|I warn you that in a little while, others will find their |
past in you and your times.
The race is never separated—nor man nor woman |
|All is inextricable—things, spirits, nature, nations,|
you too—from precedents you come.
Recall 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
Think 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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Think of spiritual results,|
|Sure as the earth swims through the heavens, does |
every one of its objects pass into spiritual
Think of manhood, and you to be a man;|
|Do you count manhood, and the sweet of manhood,|
Think 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?