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Leaves of Grass 5

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


I SIT and look out upon all the sorrows of the world,  
 and upon all oppression and shame;
I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at an- 
 guish with themselves, remorseful after deeds  
I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children,  
 dying, neglected, gaunt, desperate;
I see the wife misused by her husband—I see the  
 treacherous seducer of young women;
I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited  
 love, attempted to be hid—I see these sights  
 on the earth;
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny—I  
 see martyrs and prisoners;
I observe a famine at sea—I observe the sailors cast- 
 ing lots who shall be kill'd, to preserve the  
 lives of the rest;
I observe the slights and degradations cast by arro- 
 gant persons upon laborers, the poor, and upon  
 negroes, and the like;
All these—All the meanness and agony without end,  
 I sitting, look out upon,
See, hear, and am silent.

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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