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MEDIUMS.

THEY shall arise in the States;
They shall report Nature, laws, physiology, and happi-
ness;
They shall illustrate Democracy and the kosmos;
They shall be alimentive, amative, perceptive;
They shall be complete women and men—their pose
brawny and supple, their drink water, their
blood clean and clear;
They shall enjoy materialism and the sight of products
—they shall enjoy the sight of the beef, lumber,
bread-stuffs, of Chicago, the great city;
They shall train themselves to go in public to become
orators and oratresses;
Strong and sweet shall their tongues be—poems and
materials of poems shall come from their lives
—they shall be makers and finders;
Of them, and of their works, shall emerge divine
conveyers, to convey gospels;


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Characters, events, retrospections, shall be convey'd
in gospels—Trees, animals, waters, shall be
convey'd,
Death, the future, the invisible faith, shall all be con-
vey'd.

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