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Leaves of Grass 1

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


O HASTENING light! O free and extatic! O what I here, preparing, warble  
O the sun of the world will ascend, dazzling, and take  
 his height—and you too will ascend!
O so amazing and broad—up there resplendent, dart- 
 ing and burning!
O vision prophetic, stagger'd with weight of light!  
 with pouring glories!
O lips of my soul, already becoming powerless! O ample and grand Presidentiads! New history! new heroes! I project you! Visions of poets! only you really last! O sweep on!  
 sweep on!
O heights too swift and dizzy yet! O purged and luminous! you threaten me more than  
 I can stand!
(I must not venture—the ground under my feet men- 
 aces me—it will not support me;)
O present! I return to you while yet I may!

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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