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1 To conclude—I announce what comes after me, I announce mightier offspring, orators, days, and  
 then depart.
2I remember I said, before my leaves sprang at all, I would raise my voice jocund and strong, with re- 
 ference to consummations.
3When America does what was promis'd, When there are plentiful athletic bards, inland and  
When through These States walk a hundred millions  
 of superb persons,
When the rest part away for superb persons, and con- 
 tribute to them,
When breeds of the most perfect mothers denote  
Then to me my due fruition.
4I have press'd through in my own right, I have offer'd my style to every one—I have journey'd  
 with confident step,
While my pleasure is yet at the full, I whisper, So  
And take the young woman's hand, and the young  
 man's hand, for the last time.


5I announce natural persons to arise, I announce justice triumphant,   [ begin page 34c ]ppp.00473.468.jpg I announce uncompromising liberty and equality, I announce the justification of candor, and the justi- 
 fication of pride.
6I announce that the identity of These States is a  
 single identity only,
I announce the Union more and more compact, I announce splendors and majesties to make all the  
 previous politics of the earth insignificant.
7I announce adhesiveness—I say it shall be limitless, 
I say you shall yet find the friend you was looking  
8I announce a man or woman coming—perhaps you  
 are the one,(So long!)
I announce the great individual, fluid as Nature, chaste, 
 affectionate, compassionate, fully armed.
9I announce a life that shall be copious, vehement, 
 spiritual, bold,
And I announce an old age that shall lightly and joy- 
 fully meet its translation.


10O thicker and faster! (So long!) O crowding too close upon me; I foresee too much—it means more than I thought, It appears to me I am dying. 11Hasten throat, and sound your last! Salute me—salute the days once more. Peal the old  
 cry once more.
  [ begin page 35c ]ppp.00473.469.jpg 12Screaming electric, the atmosphere using, At random glancing, each as a notice absorbing, Swiftly on, but a little while alighting, Curious envelop'd messages delivering, Sparkles hot, seed ethereal, down in the dirt dropping, Myself unknowing, my commission obeying, to ques- 
 tion it never daring,
To ages, and ages yet, the growth of the seed leaving, To troops out of me rising—they the tasks I have set  
To women certain whispers of myself bequeathing—  
 their affection me more clearly explaining,
To young men my problems offering—no dallier I—  
 I the muscle of their brains trying,
So I pass—a little time vocal, visible, contrary, Afterward, a melodious echo, passionately bent for—  
 (death making me really undying,)
The best of me then when no longer visible—for to- 
 ward that I have been incessantly preparing.
13What is there more, that I lag and pause, and  
 crouch extended with unshut mouth?
Is there a single final farewell?


14My songs cease—I abandon them, From behind the screen where I hid, I advance per- 
 sonally, solely to you.
15Camerado! This is no book, Who touches this, touches a man, (Is it night? Are we here alone?) It is I you hold, and who holds you, I spring from the pages into your arms—decease calls  
  [ begin page 36c ]ppp.00473.470.jpg 16O how your fingers drowse me! Your breath falls around me like dew—your pulse lulls  
 the tympans of my ears,
I feel immerged from head to foot, Delicious—enough.
17Enough, O deed impromptu and secret! Enough, O gliding present! Enough, O summ'd-up  


18Dear friend, whoever you are, here, take this kiss, I give it especially to you—Do not forget me, I feel like one who has done his work—I progress on, 
 —(long enough have I dallied with Life,)
The unknown sphere, more real than I dream'd, more  
 direct, darts awakening rays about me—So  
Remember my words—I love you—I depart from  
I am as one disembodied, triumphant, dead.
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