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To a Common Prostitute


1BE composed—be at ease with me—I am Walt  
 Whitman, liberal and lusty as Nature;
Not till the sun excludes you, do I exclude you; Not till the waters refuse to glisten for you, and the  
 leaves to rustle for you, do my words refuse to  
 glisten and rustle for you.
2My girl, I appoint with you an appointment—and I  
 charge you that you make preparation to be  
 worthy to meet me,
And I charge you that you be patient and perfect till  
 I come.
3Till then, I salute you with a significant look, that  
 you do not forget me.
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