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I Sit and Look Out.

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


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 an- 
 guish with themselves, remorseful after deeds  
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  
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny—I see  
 martyrs and prisoners;
I observe a famine at sea—I observe the sailors casting  
 lots who shall be kill'd, to preserve the lives of  
 the rest;
I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant  
 persons upon laborers, the poor, and upon ne- 
 groes, and the like;
All these—All the meanness and agony without end, I  
 sitting, look out upon,
See, hear, and am silent.

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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