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As Nearing Departure


1 AS nearing departure, As the time draws nigh, glooming, a cloud, A dread beyond, of I know not what, darkens me. 2I shall go forth, I shall traverse The States—but I cannot tell whither  
 or how long;
Perhaps soon, some day or night while I am singing,  
 my voice will suddenly cease.
3O book and chant! must all then amount to but  
Must we barely arrive at this beginning of me?…  
 And yet it is enough, O soul!
O soul! we have positively appear'd—that is enough.
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