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Leaves of Grass 3

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


1 WHO learns my lesson complete? Boss, journeyman, apprentice—churchman and athe- 
The stupid and the wise thinker—parents and off- 
 spring—merchant, clerk, porter, and customer,
Editor, author, artist, and schoolboy—Draw nigh and  
It is no lesson—it lets down the bars to a good lesson, And that to another, and every one to another still.
2The great laws take and effuse without argument; I am of the same style, for I am their friend, I love them quits and quits—I do not halt and make  
3I lie abstracted, and hear beautiful tales of things, 
 and the reasons of things
They are so beautiful, I nudge myself to listen.
  [ begin page 164 ]ppp.00473.164.jpg 4I cannot say to any person what I hear—I cannot  
 say it to myself—it is very wonderful.
5It is no small matter, this round and delicious globe. 
 moving so exactly in its orbit forever and ever, 
 without one jolt, or the untruth of a single  
I do not think it was made in six days, nor in ten  
 thousand years, nor ten billions of years,
Nor plann'd and built one thing after another, as an  
 architect plans and builds a house.
6I do not think seventy years is the time of a man or  
Nor that seventy millions of years is the time of a  
 man or woman,
Nor that years will ever stop the existence of me, or  
 any one else.
7Is it wonderful that I should be immortal? as every  
 one is immortal;
I know it is wonderful—but my eye-sight is equally  
 wonderful, and how I was conceived in my  
 mother's womb is equally wonderful;
And pass'd from a babe, in the creeping trance of  
 a couple of summers and winters, to articulate  
 and walk—All this is equally wonderful.
8And that my Soul embraces you this hour, and we  
 affect each other without ever seeing each other, 
 and never perhaps to see each other, is every  
 bit as wonderful.
9And that I can think such thoughts as these, is just  
 as wonderful;
And that I can remind you, and you think them and  
 know them to be true, is just as wonderful.
  [ begin page 165 ]ppp.00473.165.jpg 10And that the moon spins round the earth, and on  
 with the earth, is equally wonderful;
And that they balance themselves with the sun and  
 stars, is equally wonderful.

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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