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The Indications.

Part of the cluster THE ANSWERER.


1THE indications, and tally of time; Perfect sanity shows the master among philosophs; Time, always without flaw, indicates itself in parts; What always indicates the poet, is the crowd of the  
 pleasant company of singers, and their words;
The words of the singers are the hours or minutes of  
 the light or dark—but the words of the maker  
 of poems are the general light and dark;
The maker of poems settles justice, reality, immor- 
His insight and power encircle things and the human  
He is the glory and extract thus far, of things, and of  
 the human race.
  [ begin page 205 ]ppp.00270.207.jpg 2The singers do not beget—only the POET begets; The singers are welcom'd, understood, appear often  
 enough—but rare has the day been, likewise the  
 spot, of the birth of the maker of poems, the  
(Not every century, or every five centuries, has con- 
 tain'd such a day, for all its names.)
3The singers of successive hours of centuries may have  
 ostensible names, but the name of each of them  
 is one of the singers,
The name of each is, eye-singer, ear-singer, head- 
 singer, sweet-singer, echo-singer, parlor-singer,  
 love-singer, or something else.
4All this time, and at all times, wait the words of true  
The words of true poems do not merely please, The true poets are not followers of beauty, but the  
 august masters of beauty;
The greatness of sons is the exuding of the greatness  
 of mothers and fathers,
The words of poems are the tuft and final applause of  
5Divine instinct, breadth of vision, the law of reason,  
 health, rudeness of body, withdrawnness,
Gayety, sun-tan, air-sweetness—such are some of the  
 words of poems.
6The sailor and traveler underlie the maker of poems,  
 the answerer;
The builder, geometer, chemist, anatomist, phrenolo- 
 gist, artist—all these underlie the maker of  
 poems, the answerer.
7The words of the true poems give you more than  
They give you to form for yourself, poems, religions,  
 politics, war, peace, behavior, histories, essays,  
 romances, and everything else,
  [ begin page 206 ]ppp.00270.208.jpg They balance ranks, colors, races, creeds, and the  
They do not seek beauty—they are sought, Forever touching them, or close upon them, follows  
 beauty, longing, fain, love-sick.
8They prepare for death—yet are they not the finish,  
 but rather the outset,
They bring none to his or her terminus, or to be con- 
 tent and full;
Whom they take, they take into space, to behold the  
 birth of stars, to learn one of the meanings,
To launch off with absolute faith—to sweep through the  
 ceaseless rings, and never be quiet again.

Part of the cluster THE ANSWERER.

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