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  • Talbot Wilson st. go to corner Division av. & 7th st. 466½
  • Walter Whitman 71 Prince street and 30 Fulton st. Brooklyn
  • 106 Myrtle avenue Brooklyn
  • Mr. Stebbins 110 Broadway Room 8 over the Metropolitan Bank
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Be simple and clear.—Be not occult.

True noble expanded American character is raised on a far more lasting and universal basis than that of any of the characters of of the "gentlemen" of aristocratic life, or of novels, or in the European or Asiatic forms of society or government.—It is to be illimitably proud, independent, self-possessed and generous and gentle.—It is to accept nothing except what is equally free and eligible to every body else.—It is to be poor, rather than rich—but to prefer 17   [ begin leaf 10 verso ]loc.00141.020.jpg death sooner than any mean dependence.—Prudence is part of it, because prudence is the right arm of independence.

Every American young man should carry himself with the finished and haughty bearing of the greatest ruler and proprietor—for he is the a great ruler and proprietor—th the greatest.

Great latitude must be allowed to others Bring Play your muscle, and it will be lithe as willow and gutta   [ begin leaf 11 recto ]loc.00141.021.jpg caoutchouc and strong as iron—I wish to see American young men the workingmen, carry themselves with a high horse 19
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Where is the being of whom I am the inferior?—It is the [no handwritten text supplied here] of ^the sly or shallow to divide men like the metals, into those more precious and others less precious, instrinsically

I never yet knew what it was to feel how it felt to ^think I stanood in the presence of my superior.—I could now abase myself if God If the presence of Jah were God were made visible immediately before ^me, I could not abase myself.—How do I know but I shall myself

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I will not have be the cart, nor the load on the cart, nor the horses that draw the cart; but I will be the little pair of little hands that guide the cart.—

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Ask Mr. Dwight about the highest numeral term known
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Different objects which decay, and by the chemistry of nature, their bodies are [no handwritten text supplied here] into spears of grass—
American under takes receives with calmness the spirit of the past
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Bring all the art and science of the world, and baffle and humble it with one spear of grass

Liberty is not the end fruition but the dawn of the morning of a nation.—The night has passed and the day appears when people walk abroad—to do evil or to do good

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The soul or spirit transmutes itself into all matter—into rocks, and cand live the life of a rock—into the sea, and can feel itself the sea—into the oak, or other tree—into an animal, and feel itself a horse, a fish, or a bird—into the earth—into the motions of the suns and stars—

A man only is interested in any thing when he identifies himself with it—he must himself be whirling and speeding through space like the planet   [ begin leaf 15 recto ]loc.00141.029.jpgMercury—he must be driving like a cloud—he must shine like the sun—he must be orbic and balanced in the air, like this earth—he must crawl like the pismire—he must

—he would be growing fragrantly in the air, like a the locust blossoms—he would rumble and crash like the thunder in the sky—he would spring like a cat on his prey—he would splash like a whale in the

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The mean and bandaged soul spirit is perpetually dissatisfied with itself—It is too wicked, or too poor, or too feeble

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Never speak of the soul as any thing but intrinsically great.—The adjective affixed to it must always testify greatness and immortaliy​ and purity.—

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The ^effusion or corporation of the soul is always under the beautiful laws of physiology—I guess the soul itself can never be any thing but great and pure and immortal; but it is [illegible] makes itself visible only through matter—a perfect head, and bot bowels ^and bones to match will is the easy gate through which it comes from its wonderful embowered garden, and pleasantly appears to the sight  [ begin leaf 17 recto ]loc.00141.033.jpg of the world.A twisted skull, and blood made becom thin watery or rotten by ^ancestry or gluttony, or rum or bad disorders,—they are the darkness toward which the plant will not grow, although its seed lies inwaiting for ages.—

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Wickedness is most likely the absence of freedom and health in the soul.—If a man ^babe or woman ^babe of decent progenitors should grow up without restraint or starvation or

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Every soul has its own language, The reason why any truth is which I tell is not apparent to you, is mostly because I fail of translating it from my language into

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Every soul has its own individual language, often unspoken, or lamely feebly haltingly spoken; but a perfect true fit for [illegible]that a and man, and perfectly adapted forto his use.—The truths I tell ^to you or any other, may not be apparent plain to you, or that other, because I do not translate them well right fully from my idiom into yours.—If I could do so, and do it well, they would be as apparent to you as they are to me; for they are eternal truths.—No two have exactly the same language, but and the great translator 35   [ begin leaf 19 verso ]loc.00141.038.jpg and joiner of all ^the whole is the poet, because He enters into th has the divine grammar of all tongues, and what says ^indifferently and alike, How are you friend? to the President in the midst of his cabinet, and Good day my brother, to Sambo, among the black slaves rowed hoes of the sugar field, and both ^understand him and know that his his speech is ^right, well, right. for his hi

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The universal and fluid soul impounds within itself not only all the good characters and heros​ , but the distorted characters, murderers, thieves

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and I said to my soul When we become the god enfoldingers of all these ^orbs, and open to the life and delight and knowledge of every thing in them, or of them, shall we be filled and satisfied? and the answer was No, when we fetch that height, we shall not be filled and satisfied, but shall look as high beyond.
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I think the soul will never stop, or attain to any its growth beyond which it shall not go. no further.—^When I have sometimes when I walked at night by the sea shore and looked up to at the stars countless stars, and ^I have asked of my soul whether it would be filled and satisfied when it was ^should become thea god enfolding an all these, and open to the life and delight and knowledge of every thing in them or of them; and the answer was plainer to my ear me 39   [ begin leaf 21 verso ]loc.00141.042.jpg thanat the sa breaking water on the sands at my feet; and it ^the answer was, No, when I reach there, I shall want more to go further still.—

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The run of poets and the learned have

When you show me how I inquire see where the east is greater than the west,—how where the ^sound man's part of the ^new born child is greater than the ^sound woman's part—how or where the a father [no handwritten text supplied here] than is more needful than a mother to produce me—then I know guess I shall see how spirit is greater than matter.—On Here The run of poets and the learned invariably always stub their toes here, and generally fall and sh

*   [ begin leaf 23 recto ]loc.00141.045.jpg You have been told that intellect mind is greater than matter * run always strike here, and it here shoots the ballast of many a grand head.—My life is a miracle and my body which lives is a miracle; but of what I can nibble at the edges of the limitless and delicious wonder I know that I cannot separate the them, and call one superior and the other inferior, any more than I can say my sight is greater than my eyes.— *
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I cannot understand the mystery, but I ^am always think ^conscious of myself as two—as my soul and I; and I gu reckon it is the same with all oth men and women.—

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I know that my body will decay
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whose sides are crowded with the rich cities of all living philosophy, and oval gates hop that let pass you in to immortal gardens landscapes of hill sides and fields of clover and sass and landscapes of clumped with sassafras, and orchards of good apples, and if you every breath ^through your mouth shall be of a new perfumed, immortal and elastic air, which is love.—

But I will take every each man on or and woman ^man and woman of you to the window and open the shutters and the sash, and my left arm shall hook him you round the waist, and my right shall point shall point you to the road endless and beginningless road along

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I will not be a great philosopher, and found any school, and bring build it on with iron pillars, and gather the young me around me, and make them my disciples, and found a that a new ^superior churches orand politics. ^shall come.—But I will show every man, unhook the sh open the shutters and the window sash, and you shall stand at my side, and I will show hook my lefting arm around your waist till I point you ^to the road ^along which leads to all the learning knowledge and truth and pleasure are the cities of all living philosophy and all pleasure.Not I or any —not God—can travel47   [ begin leaf 25 verso ]loc.00141.050.jpg it this road for you.—It is not far, it is within reach the stretch of your arm thumb; perhaps you shall find you are on it already, and did not know.—Perhaps you shall find it every where on over the ocean and ^over the land, when you once have the vision to behold it.—

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If I am hungry and with my money last dime buy a loaf of get me some meat and bread, and would have appetite enough to eat relish it all.—But ^then like a phantom at my side ^suddenly appears a starved face, either human or brute, uttering not a word,. but with— Am I a Have I then the passionless squid or clam-shell, not to feel in my heart that now I am it were my

Now do I talk of mine and his?—Is ^Has my heart no more passion than the a squid or clam shell hads?

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1847 April 2019th mason commenc'd work on the basement rooms paid mason in full
TI know the bread is mine, I have not a fip dime more my bread, and ^that on it must I dine and sup,. for the dime that bought it was my last.—I know tha I may munch, and munch and not grit my teeth against the laws of church or state. What is this then that balances itself upon my lips and wrestles like as with the knuckles of God, for (3 51   [ begin leaf 27 verso ]loc.00141.054.jpg

The world ^ignorant man is demented with the madness of owning things—of having title by warranty deeds and lawful possession court clerks' records, and with perfect the right to mortgage, sell, dispose of give away or raise money on certain possessions.—But the wisest soul knows that nothing ^no not one object in the vast universe can really be owned by one man or woman any more than another.—The measureless fool orthodox who fancies that who proprietor says tThis is mine. I earned or received or paid for it,—and ^by an positive right of my own I I will put this a fence around it, and keep the it exclusively to myself. . . . . . yYet—yet—what ^cold drop is   [ begin leaf 28 recto ]loc.00141.055.jpg that it that ^which slowly patters, patters like water fine points cold with sharp and specks of water down poisoned points, on the skull of his greediness, and go whichever way he will may, it still hits him, as though he see not whence it comes drips nor what it is?—How can I be so that dismal and measureless fool not to understand see the hourly lessons of an the ^one eternal law, which that he who would grab blessings to himself, and as by right, and deny others their equal chance—and will not share with them every thing that he has

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He cannot share with them his friend or his wife because no man owns these of them he is no owner, except of He except of by their love, and if any one gets that away from him, he had should lets wife and friend the whole wife and friend go, the tail with the hide.

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[transposition mark] may as well be it is best not to curse, but quietly call the offal cart to his door and let ^physical wife or friend go, the tail with the hide.—

55   [ begin leaf 29 verso ]loc.00141.058.jpg The dismal and measureless fool called a rich man, or a thrivingthriver, What folks call a thriving or rich man is more likely some dismal and measureless fool, who leaves the fields leaves untasted untouched the immortal tables spread all the million every part of those countless and every spread tables thick with in the immortal dishes, every one heaped with the meats and drinks of God, and thinks hi fancies himself smart because he tugs and sweats in the slush after among cinders, and parings, and slush   [ begin leaf 30 recto ]loc.00141.059.jpg While the The ignorant think that to the entertainment of life, you are they will be admitted by a ticket or check, and the air of dream of their existence is to get the money that they may buy this env wonderful card.—But the wise soul 57   [ begin leaf 30 verso ]loc.00141.060.jpg the sidewalks of eternity they ^are the freckles of Jupiter (3 every bite, I put between them, and if I my my belly is the victor, it that will not cannot then so ^even then be foiled, but follows the crust innocent food down my throat my throat and is like ^makes it ^turns it to fire and lead within me?—What ^angry man snake that hisses whistles softly hisses at my ear, as saying, deny your greed and this night your soul shall O fool will you stuff your greed and starve your soul?   [ begin leaf 31 recto ]loc.00141.061.jpg (And what is ^it but my earl soul that hisses like an angry snake, O fFool! will you stuff your greed and starve me?
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The being I want to see you develope become If God himself ^If I walk with Jah in ^Heaven and he assume to be intrinsically greater than I, it offends me, and I will ^shall certainly withdraw myself from Heaven,—for the great soul will prefers freedom in the lonesomest prairie to to or the woo untrodden woods—and there can be no freedom where   [ begin leaf 32 recto ]loc.00141.063.jpg Shall we never see a being Why can we not see menbeings who by the majesty manliness and transparence of histheir natures, disarms all criticism and the rest of the entire world, and brings them one and all to his side, as friends and believers?—W Are we never to Can no father and [illegible] beget or mother conceive I would see that ^a man ^child so entire and so elastic tha and so free from all discords, that whatever action he do or whatever syllable he utt speak, it shall be melodious to all men creatures, and none shall 61   [ begin leaf 32 verso ]loc.00141.064.jpg be an exception to the universal ^and affectionate Yes of the earth. tThe first effusions inspiration of ^real wisdom in [illegible] our souls lets us know that all human beings the selfishness and malignity that appeared self will and wickedness we thought so vast unsightly in our race are makes are but as the freckles ^and bristly beard of Jupiter—[illegible][no handwritten text supplied here] in to to be removed by washes and razors, from the if under the judgment of genteel squirts, and but ^in the sight of the great master, proportionate and essential and sublime.—in the sight of the master—grand great master   [ begin leaf 33 recto ]loc.00141.065.jpg not ^by no means what we were told, but something far different, and better,—These are and an essential part of the universe.—a p which cannot and must not ungrateful to amiss to the keen accomplished d any t es but except to ^the spirits of the feeble and the shaved.—the shorn.—spirits taste. spirits.—
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I will not descend among professors and capitalists and good society—I will turn up the ends of my trowsers up around my boots, and my cuffs back from my wrists and go among with the rough drivers and boatmen and men who that catch fish or hoe corn, work in the field, I know that they are sublime
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I am the poet of slaves, 
  and of ^the masters of slaves
I am the poet of the body And I am
I am the poet of the body And I am the poet of the soul The I go with the slaves ^of the earth ^equally with the are mine, and 
  the masters are equally mine.
And I will stand between 
  the masters and the slaves,
And I eEntering into both, and 
  so that both shall understand 
  me alike.
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  and Hope
Swiftly pass I Where is the house of 
  any one dying?
Thither I speed and raise 
  turn the knob of the door,
Let Let And tThe physician and the 
  priest stand aside, ^timidly withdraw,
^That I seize on the despairer ghastly man  
  and raise him with 
  resistless will;
O ghastly man despairer! you 
  shall I say ^tell you, you 
  shall not die go down,
Here is my hand arm, sink  
  press your whole 
  weight upon me,
69   [ begin leaf 36 verso ]loc.00141.072.jpg In my O Lo! with With tremendous will breath, 
  I force him to dilate,
I will not Doubt and fear With Treading Baffling doubt and I will Doubt shall not Sleep! for I and they 
  stand guard 
  this night,
And when you rise 
  in the morning you 
  find that I told the what I told you is so.
take in X Not doubt not fear not 
  death itself shall lay 
  fingers on [illegible] man him I lay finger on you whomsoever I
For I have [illegible] said the word and 
  And you are mine
And I [illegible] have him all 
  to myself
tr up X Every room of the your house will do  
  I fill with armed men
Lovers of me, [illegible] bafflers of 
Keeping back And while Th   [ begin leaf 37 recto ]loc.00141.073.jpg I am the poet of reality The ^know I say the earth is [illegible]not ^an echo; Man is not Nor man an apparition; What we see is real; But that all I see ^the things seen all is real And It is tThe witness and 
  albic dawn of ^things equally real wh[illegible]th 
  we ^[illegible] do [illegible] not ^yet seen
But which is I know to be equally 
  real, I know.
I know you too, solid 
  earth hills ground and and rocks,
I have been I believe in have split the earth  
  and the hard coal and rocks 
  and the solid bed of the sea
And have sent my soul And went down to  
  to take board reconnoitre there 
  a long time,
And I may [illegible] bring me back 
  its a report,
71   [ begin leaf 37 verso ]loc.00141.074.jpg And now I know ^understand that 
  it is what the 
  it is all ^those are positive and dense ^every one
And that what itthey seems to 
  the child it is they are
And that For G God [illegible] does not joke Nor is any thing man there any 
  sham in the universe.
And the world is no joke, Nor any th part of it a sham, I am the for sinners and the 
  [ begin leaf 38 recto ]loc.00141.075.jpg I am I am the poet of little 
  things and of babes
I am I The Of the each ab gnats in the air,  
  and the every of beetles rolling ^his balls ^of dung,
I built a nest in the Afar in the sky here  
  was a sky nest
And my soul staid there flew thither  
  to st reconnoitre 
  and squat, and looked 
  long upon the universe out,
And saw millions ^the journeywork of of 
  suns and systems of 
And has known since that And now I know that 
  each a leaf of grass  
  is not less than 
73   [ begin leaf 38 verso ]loc.00141.076.jpg And that the pismire 
  is ^equally perfect, and all the every  
  grains of sand, and 
  every egg of the wren.
And that And the knotty tree-toad is a chef' 
  douvre for the highest,
And the running-blackberry 
  mocks the ornaments of 
  would adorn the house parlors  
  of Heaven
And the cow crunching with 
  depressed neck surpasses 
  all statues every statue,
* And ^a thousand pictures [illegible] great and small crowd the the [illegible] rail-fence, with and [illegible] hang on its 
  loose heaped stones and some 
  elder and poke-weed.
Is picture enough *
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I am the poet of Equality.

* And a mouse is miracle 
  enough to stagger an infidel, 
  trillions of infidels.
And I cannot put my toe 
  anywhe to the ground,
But it shall must touch numberless 
  and curious books
Each one above scorning all that 
  science of schools and 
  science of the world 
  can do fully to read translate them.
on ☞ x
83   [ begin leaf 43 verso ]loc.00141.086.jpg Buoyed with tremendous breath 
  shall you be, and dilated
I [illegible] dilate you with tremendous 
I buoy you up, Every room of your house do 
  I fill with armed men
Lovers of me, bafflers of hell, Sleep! for I and they staynd  
  guard all this night
Not doubt, not fear, not 
  Death shall lay finger 
  upon you
God and I have ^embraced you, and 
  henceforth possess you 
  all to ourmyselves,
And when you rise in the 
  morning you shall find it 
  is so.—
  [ begin leaf 44 recto ]loc.00141.087.jpg 85   [ begin leaf 44 verso ]loc.00141.088.jpg ☞ X And the odor of the 
  salt marsh is ^delicious perfume, 
And the salt marsh ^and creek have 
  a delicious odors,
And a potato and ears of 
  maize make a fat 
  breakfast, when need
And a handfull of huckleberrys from the woods 
  distill an a a joyous 
God and I are now here Speak?! what would you 
  have of us?
  [ begin leaf 45 recto ]loc.00141.089.jpg 87   [ begin leaf 45 verso ]loc.00141.090.jpg I am the Poet   [ begin leaf 46 recto ]loc.00141.091.jpg Do Have you supposed it beautiful 
  to be born?
I tell you ^I know it it is more just as  
  beautiful to die;
For I take my death with the dying And my birth with the new-born babes
89   [ begin leaf 46 verso ]loc.00141.092.jpg I am the poet of sin, For I do not believe in sin In the silence of and darkness Among murderers and cannibals 
  and traders in slaves
Stepped my soul spirit with 
  light feet, and pried among 
  them their heads and drew in made fissures 
  in their breasts, to look through
And there like saw folded fœtuses of twins And not in a single one 
  there in every brain 
  of the earth
saw truth and sympathy 
  lay folded, like ^the fœtus of twins in the womb,
Mute with bent necks, ^Waiting to be born.— And one was sympathy and one was truth.
  [ begin leaf 47 recto ]loc.00141.093.jpg 91   [ begin leaf 47 verso ]loc.00141.094.jpg I am the poet of women as well 
  as men.
The woman is not the same less than the man as But she is not never less the same, I remember I stood one Sunday 
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Where is one abortive, mangy, 
Starved of his masculine lustiness? Weakened, Without core Loose in the knees, without core? and [illegible] grit and and grit? Clutch fast to me, my my 
  ungrown brother,
And That I will infuse you 
  with ^grit and jets of new grit life
I will am not to be denied—I compel; * I have stores plenty and 
  to spare
And ^of whatsoever I have I share bestow  
  fully with upon you.
And first I bestow of my love, * It is quite indifferent to me 
  who you are are.
93   [ begin leaf 48 verso ]loc.00141.096.jpg It were easy to be rich 
  owning a dozen banks
But to be rich It were easy to grant 
  offices and favors being 
But to grand largess and 
It were easy to be 
  beautiful with a fine 
  complexion and regular 
But to beautiful It were easy to be 
  shine and attract attention 
  in grand clothes
But to outshine ?  
  in sixpenny muslin
  [ begin leaf 49 recto ]loc.00141.097.jpg One touch of a tug of 
  me has made unhaltered all 
  my other senses run 
  but feeling
That pleases the rest so, 
  they have given up to it f themselves 
  in submission
They are all emulous 
  to swap themselves 
  off for what it can do, to them,
Every one wants to must be feeling a touch.— Or if that cannot be else, 
  they she will abdicate 
  and nibble only at 
  the edges of a touch. feeling.
They bring gifts to the 
  come move caressingly all 
  over ^up and down my body
95   [ begin leaf 49 verso ]loc.00141.098.jpg They stand on my each finger 
  end and promontory,
They have left leave themselves 
  and brought all their come with bribes  
  ^their store to whatever ^their to whatever part of 
  me touches.—
Sometimes tTo my lips, and 
  and to the palms of 
  my hands, and whatever 
  my hands hold.
Each brings the best she 
For each is now in love 
  with touch.
Each would be touc
  [ begin leaf 50 recto ]loc.00141.099.jpg Now I do not wonder 
  a touch now why that ^one feeling now, or does so 
  much for me, now,
He is recruited from free of all 
  the rest.—and improves 
  swiftly begets offspring of 
  them, better than the 
A touch now shows me 
  how ^reads me a library of knowledge delight  
  can be read in an 
It shows me how It smells for me the 
  fragrance of roses wine and lemon-blows,
It tastes for me ripe 
  strawberries and 
97   [ begin leaf 50 verso ]loc.00141.100.jpg It talks for me with 
  a tongue of its own,
It finds an ear wherever 
  it taps or rests or taps,
It brings all the rest around it, 
  and to enjoy them and them awhile and then and they ^all stand on a headland and 
  mock me
I am all given up by 
An I am myself the greatest 
All ^The sentries have deserted and the every 
  other part of [illegible] home but one,
I roam about drunk, and 
They have left me to touch ^and gone taken to be 
  their place on a headland 
  the better to witness
They have left me helpless 
  to the torrent of touch
They have all come to the
  [ begin leaf 51 recto ]loc.00141.101.jpg I am given up by traitors, I talk wildly I am surely out of my head, I am myself the greatest 
For I went myself first 
  to the headland
Unloose me touch I can 
  stand it no longer you are taking the breath from my throat
Unbar your gates—I 
  can hold would keep you no 
  longer, for if I do you are too much for me.—  
  you will kill me
Pass out of me Pass as you will 
  Gods! will
headland to witness and 
  assist against me.—
99   [ begin leaf 51 verso ]loc.00141.102.jpg Fierce Wrestler! do you keep 
  your heaviest strokes grip for 
  the last?
Gods! Wrestler! wWill you sting 
  me most even at 
Will you struggle even 
  at the grthreshold with 
  gigantic delicious spasms 
  more delicious than all before?
Will you renew th[illegible] 
Does it make you ache 
  so to leave me?
W. Even as you fade 
  and withdraw
Do you wish to show me 
  that even what you 
  did before was nothing 
  to what you can do?
Or have you and all the 
  rest combined to see 
  how much I can 
  [ begin leaf 52 recto ]loc.00141.103.jpg Pass as you will; 
  take drops of my 
  life, only go. 
  or is if that is 
  what you are 
Only pass to some one 
  else, for I can 
  contain you no longer.
I held more than I thought I did not think I was big 
  enough for so much exstasy
Or that a touch could 
  take it all out of me.
101   [ begin leaf 52 verso ]loc.00141.104.jpg I am a Curse: sSharper than wind serpent's 
  eyes or wind of the 
O topple down like Curse! 
  topple more heavy than 
I am lurid with rage! I invoke Revenge to assist 
I   [ begin leaf 53 recto ]loc.00141.105.jpg A divine fa Let fate pursue them I do not know any horror 
  that is dreadful enough 
  for them—
What is the worst whip 
  you have
May the genitals—— that 
  begat them rot
May the womb that begat 103   [ begin leaf 53 verso ]loc.00141.106.jpg I will not listen I will not spare They shall ^not hide themselves 
  in grtheir graves
I will pursue them thither Out with them fromcoffins— Out with them from their 
The lappets of God shall 
  not protect them
This shall be placed in the 
  library of the laws,
And they shall be placed in 
  the childs—doctors 
  [ begin leaf 54 recto ]loc.00141.107.jpg + The sepulchre Observing the shroud The sepulchre and the white 
  linen have yielded me 
Observing the summer grass In vain ^were the nails driven through my 
  hands, and my head my 
  head mocked with a 
I am here after I remember my 
  crucifixion and my 
  bloody coronation
+/ The I remember the mockers and the buffeting insults I am just as alive in 
  New York and San 
  Francisco, after two thousand 
Again I tread the streets after 
  two thousand years.
105   [ begin leaf 54 verso ]loc.00141.108.jpg Nothing Not all the traditions can 
  put vitality in ch 
  built churches
They are not alive, they are 
  cold mortar and brick,
I can easily can build as good, and so can 
The bBooks are not men— 
  all the
they but
In other authors of the first class 
  there have been celebraters​  
  of ? low life and characters 
  —holding it up as curious  
  observers—but here is  
  one who enters in it  
  with love
  [ begin leaf 55 recto ]loc.00141.109.jpg
I follow (animals and birds.) Literature is full of perfumes (criticism on Myself) the tow trowsers thee 
  lodge hut in the woods 
  the stillhunt
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  [ begin leaf 55 verso ]loc.00141.110.jpg
The highway  
  The road
It seems to say  
  sternly, Back 
  Do not leave me  
  —Loss—is an
O road I am 
  not [cut away]
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These are the thoughts of all 
  men in all ages and 
They are not original with 
  me—they are mine 
  —they are yours just 
  the same
If these thoughts are not 
  for all they are 
If they do not enclose 
  everything they are 
If they are not the 
  school of all the 
  physical moral 
  and mental they are 
109   [ begin leaf 56 verso ]loc.00141.112.jpg
Test of a poem How far it can elevate, enlarge, ^purify deepen, and make happy the ^attributes of the body and soul of a man
* the people of this state shal instead of being ruled by the old complex laws, and the involved machinery of all governments hitherto, shall be ruled mainly by individual character and conviction.—The recognized character of the citizen shall be so pervaded by the best qualities of law and power that law and power shall be superseded from the government and transferred to the citizen   [ begin leaf 57 recto ]loc.00141.113.jpg Justice does not depend upon is not varied or tempered in the passage of an laws by legislatures.The legislatures cannot settle alter it any more than they can settle love or pride.—or the attraction of gravity. The quality of justice is in the soul.—It is immutable . . . . it remains through all times and nations and administrations . . . . it does not depend on majorities and and minorities . . . . Whoever violates it may shall fall pays the penalty just as certainly as he who violates the attraction 111   [ begin leaf 57 verso ]loc.00141.114.jpg of gravity . . . . whether a nation ^violates it or an individual, it makes no difference.

The test of justice is tThe consciousness of any individuals is the test of justice.—What is mean or cruel for an individual is so for a nation.

I am not so anxious to give you the truth, But I am very anxious to see have you understand that ^all truth and power are feeble to you except your own.—You Can I beget a child for you?   [ begin leaf 58 recto ]loc.00141.115.jpg This is the common air . . . . 
  it is for the heroes 
  and sages . . . . it is for 
  the workingmen and 
  farmers . . . . it is for the 
  wicked just the same 
  as the righteous.
I will not have a single 
  person left out . . . . I 
  will ^have the prostitute and 
  the thief invited . . . . I 
  will make no difference 
  between them and the rest.
Let every thing be as free as possible.—There is always danger in constipation.—There is never danger in no constipation.—Let the schools and hospitals for the sick and idiots and the aged be perfectly free
113   [ begin leaf 58 verso ]loc.00141.116.jpg
No matter what stage of excellence and pr grandeur a nation has arrived to, it shall be but the start to further excellence and grandeur.—It shall enlarge the doors.—If it once settle down, placidly, content with what is, or with the past, it begins then to decay
There are many pleasant Man has not art enough to make the truth [illegible] repulsive—a nor of all the beautiful things of the universe is there any more beautiful than truth
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In the earliest times (as we call them—though doubtless the term is wrong.) every thing written allat all was poetry.—To write ^any how was a beautiful wonder.—Therefore history, laws, religion, war, ^were all in the keeping of the poet.—He was literature.—It was nothing but poems. Though a division and subdivision of subjects has for many centuries been made since then, it still prevails very much 115   [ begin leaf 59 verso ]loc.00141.118.jpg as in those early times, so called.—Every thing yet is made the subject of poetry—narratives, descriptions, jokes, sermons, recipes, &c &c
vast and tremendous is the scheme! It involves no less than constructing a state nation of nations—a state whose integral state whose grandeur and comprehensiveness of territory and people make the mightiest of the past almost insignificant—and (back *   [ begin leaf 60 recto ]loc.00141.119.jpg Could we imagine such a thing—let us suggest that before a manchild or womanchild was born it should be suggested that a human being could be born—imagine the world in its formation—the long rolling heaving cycles—can man appear here?—can the beautiful animal vegetable and animal life appear here?
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  • Washington House Central st. Lowell
  • or 13 or 25)
  • No 11 Massachusetts Corporation Jane & Rebecca Horton
  • John I. Storms Big Creek P.O. Shelby county Tenn.
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  • 102 Reade st
  • Talbot Wilson st. between Lee & Division av. two squares east of Bedford av
  • Chapman 147 Atlantic st. bet Henry & Clinton
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