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3.

1 WHO learns my lesson complete?
Boss, journeyman, apprentice—churchman and athe-
ist,
The stupid and the wise thinker—parents and off-
spring—merchant, clerk, porter, and customer,
Editor, author, artist, and schoolboy—Draw nigh and
commence;
It is no lesson—it lets down the bars to a good lesson,
And that to another, and every one to another still.

2The great laws take and effuse without argument;
I am of the same style, for I am their friend,
I love them quits and quits—I do not halt and make
salaams.

3I lie abstracted, and hear beautiful tales of things,
and the reasons of things
They are so beautiful, I nudge myself to listen.



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4I cannot say to any person what I hear—I cannot
say it to myself—it is very wonderful.

5It is no small matter, this round and delicious globe.
moving so exactly in its orbit forever and ever,
without one jolt, or the untruth of a single
second;
I do not think it was made in six days, nor in ten
thousand years, nor ten billions of years,
Nor plann'd and built one thing after another, as an
architect plans and builds a house.

6I do not think seventy years is the time of a man or
woman,
Nor that seventy millions of years is the time of a
man or woman,
Nor that years will ever stop the existence of me, or
any one else.

7Is it wonderful that I should be immortal? as every
one is immortal;
I know it is wonderful—but my eye-sight is equally
wonderful, and how I was conceived in my
mother's womb is equally wonderful;
And pass'd from a babe, in the creeping trance of
a couple of summers and winters, to articulate
and walk—All this is equally wonderful.

8And that my Soul embraces you this hour, and we
affect each other without ever seeing each other,
and never perhaps to see each other, is every
bit as wonderful.

9And that I can think such thoughts as these, is just
as wonderful;
And that I can remind you, and you think them and
know them to be true, is just as wonderful.



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10And that the moon spins round the earth, and on
with the earth, is equally wonderful;
And that they balance themselves with the sun and
stars, is equally wonderful.

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