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Leaves of Grass 1

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


1 ON the beach at night alone, As the old mother sways her to and fro, singing her  
 savage and husky song,
As I watch the bright stars shining—I think a thought  
 of the clef of the universes, and of the future.
2A VAST SIMILITUDE interlocks all, All spheres, grown, ungrown, small, large, suns, moons, 
 planets, comets, asteroids,
All the substances of the same, and all that is spiritual  
 upon the same,
All distances of place, however wide, All distances of time—all inanimate forms, All Souls—all living bodies, though they be ever so  
 different, or in different worlds,
All gaseous, watery, vegetable, mineral processes—the  
 fishes, the brutes,
All men and women—me also; All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages; All identities that have existed, or may exist, on this  
 globe, or any globe;
All lives and deaths—all of the past, present, future; This vast similitude spans them, and always has  
 spann'd, and shall forever span them, and com- 
 pactly hold them.

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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