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One Hour to Madness and Joy

Part of the cluster CHILDREN OF ADAM.


1 ONE hour to madness and joy! O furious! O confine me not! (What is this that frees me so in storms? What do my shouts amid lightnings and raging winds  
  [ begin page 113 ]ppp.00473.113.jpg 2O to drink the mystic deliria deeper than any  
 other man!
O savage and tender achings! (I bequeath them to you, my children, I tell them to you, for reasons, O bridegroom and  
3O to be yielded to you, whoever you are, and you to  
 be yielded to me, in defiance of the world!
O to return to Paradise! O bashful and feminine! O to draw you to me—to plant on you for the first  
 time the lips of a determin'd man!
4O the puzzle—the thrice-tied knot—the deep and  
 dark pool! O all untied and illumin'd!
O to speed where there is space enough and air  
 enough at last!
O to be absolv'd from previous ties and conventions—  
 I from mine, and you from yours!
O to find a new unthought-of nonchalance with the  
 best of nature!
O to have the gag remov'd from one's mouth! O to have the feeling, to-day or any day, I am suffi- 
 cient as I am!
5O something unprov'd! something in a trance! O madness amorous! O trembling! O to escape utterly from others' anchors and holds! To drive free! to love free! to dash reckless and dan- 
To court destruction with taunts—with invitations! To ascend—to leap to the heavens of the love indicated  
 to me!
To rise thither with my inebriate Soul! To be lost, if it must be so! To feed the remainder of life with one hour of fulness  
 and freedom!
With one brief hour of madness and joy.

Part of the cluster CHILDREN OF ADAM.

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