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Poem of Remembrances for a Girl or a Boy of These States.

23 — Poem of Remembrances for A Girl or A Boy of These States.

REMEMBER the organic compact of These  
Remember the pledge of the Old Thirteen thence- 
 forward to the rights, life, liberty, equality, of  
Remember what was promulged by the founders,  
 ratified by The States, signed in black and  
 white by the Commissioners, read by Wash- 
 ington at the head of the army!
Remember the purposes of the founders!—Re- 
 member Washington!
Remember the copious humanity streaming from  
 every direction toward America!
Remember the hospitality that belongs to nations  
 and men!—(Cursed be nation, woman, man,  
 without hospitality!)
Remember, government is to subserve individuals! Not any, not the President, is to have one jot more  
 than you or me,
Not any habitan of America is to have one jot less  
 than you or me.
  [ begin page 276 ]ppp.00237.284.jpg Anticipate when the thirty or fifty millions are to  
 become the hundred, or two hundred, or five  
 hundred millions, of equal freemen and free- 
 women, amicably joined.
Recall ages—One age is but a part—ages are  
 but a part,
Recall the angers, bickerings, delusions, supersti- 
 tions of the idea of caste,
Recall the bloody cruelties and crimes.
Anticipate the best women! I say an unnumbered new race of hardy and well- 
 defined women are to spread through all  
 These States,
I say a girl fit for These States must be free,  
 capable, dauntless, just the same as a boy.
Anticipate your own life—retract with merciless  
Shirk nothing—retract in time—Do you see those  
 errors, diseases, weaknesses, lies, thefts?
Do you see that lost character?—Do you see  
 decay, consumption, rum-drinking, dropsy,  
 fever, mortal cancer or inflammation?
Do you see death, and the approach of death?
Think of the soul! I swear to you that body of yours gives proportions  
 to your soul somehow to live in other spheres,
  [ begin page 277 ]ppp.00237.285.jpg I do not know how, but I know it is so. Think of loving and being loved! I swear to you, whoever you are, you can interfuse  
 yourself with such things that everybody that  
 sees you shall look longingly upon you!
Think of the past! I warn you that in a little while others will find  
 their past in you and your times.
The race is never separated—nor man nor woman  
All is inextricable—things, spirits, nature, nations,  
 you too—from precedents you come.
Recall the ever-welcome defiers! (The mothers  
 precede them;)
Recall the sages, poets, saviours, inventors, law- 
 givers, of the earth,
Recall Christ, brother of rejected persons —  
 brother of slaves, felons, idiots, and of insane  
 and diseased persons.
Think of the time when you was not yet born! Think of times you stood at the side of the dying! Think of the time when your own body will be  
Think of spiritual results!   [ begin page 278 ]ppp.00237.286.jpg Sure as the earth swims through the heavens,  
 does every one of its objects pass into  
 spiritual results!
Think of manhood, and you to be a man! Do you count manhood, and the sweet of manhood,  
Think of womanhood, and you to be a woman! The creation is womanhood, Have I not said that womanhood involves all? Have I not told how the universe has nothing  
 better than the best womanhood?
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