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O Me! O Life!

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


O ME! O life!…of the questions of these recurring; Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill'd with  
 the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more  
 foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean  
 —of the struggle ever renew'd;
Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid  
 crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the  
 rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good  
 amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here—that life exists, and identity; That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute  
 a verse.

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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