Leaves of Grass (1881-82)

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I SIT and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all
         oppression and shame,
I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men at anguish with
         themselves, remorseful after deeds done,
I see in low life the mother misused by her children, dying,
         neglected, gaunt, desperate,
I see the wife misused by her husband, I see the treacherous
         seducer of young women,
I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love attempted to
         be hid, I see these sights on the earth,
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny, I see martyrs and
I observe a famine at sea, I observe the sailors casting lots who
         shall be kill'd to preserve the lives of the rest,

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I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons
         upon laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like;
All these—all the meanness and agony without end I sitting look
         out upon,
See, hear, and am silent.
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