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I Hear It Was Charged Against Me

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

I Hear it was Charged Against Me.

I HEAR it was charged against me that I sought to  
 destroy institutions;
But really I am neither for nor against institutions; (What indeed have I in common with them?—Or  
 what with the destruction of them?)
Only I will establish in the Mannahatta, and in every  
 city of These States, inland and seaboard,
And in the fields and woods, and above every keel  
 little or large, that dents the water,
Without edifices, or rules, or trustees, or any argu- 
The institution of the dear love of comrades.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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