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vain the mastadon retreats beneath


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  [begin leaf 1 recto] [cut away] [cut away] vain the mastadon retreats beneath its  
 half-powdered bones,
A In vain objects stand leagues off and assume 
  manifold shapes,
1 In vain the sea sets ^ocean settling in its hollows, and the 
  great monsters lieying low,
In vain the buzzard houses herself in ^with the sky, In vain the snake slides through the creepers 
  and rocks stones logs,
In vain the moose ? puma elk takes to the inner passes of the woods, In vain the razor‑billed auk sails far north to Labrador, I follow quickly . . . . I ascend to the nest in the 
  fissure of the cliff.—
I believe I ^think I will could turn again and live awhile awhile [illegible] with the an[cut away] [cut away] are so placid and self-contained, [cut away] can stand and look observe watch on at them all day long,— by the [illegible] hour and the [cut away] [cut away] can stand and look at them them sometimes all half the day long. B 2 They do not sweat and whine about their condition They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins, They do not make me sick, discussing their duty to God; Not one is dissatisified . . . . not one takes medicine or is 
  demented with the mania of owning things,
  [begin leaf 1 verso]
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