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1  THINK 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.

2  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.

3  Think of the past;
I warn you that in a little while, others will find their
         past in you and your times.

4  The race is never separated—nor man nor woman
         escapes;
All is inextricable—things, spirits, nature, nations,
         you too—from precedents you come.

5  Recall the ever-welcome defiers, (The mothers pre-
         cede them;)
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
         persons.

6  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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7  Think of spiritual results,
Sure as the earth swims through the heavens, does
         every one of its objects pass into spiritual
         results.

8  Think of manhood, and you to be a man;
Do you count manhood, and the sweet of manhood,
         nothing?

9  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?
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