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Leaves of Grass 2

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


TEARS! tears! tears! In the night, in solitude, tears; On the white shore dripping, dripping, suck'd in by  
 the sand;
Tears—not a star shining—all dark and desolate; Moist tears from the eyes of a muffled head: —O who is that ghost?—that form in the dark, with  
  [ begin page 250 ]ppp.00473.250.jpg What shapeless lump is that, bent, crouch'd there on  
 the sand?
Streaming tears—sobbing tears—throes, choked with  
 wild cries;
O storm, embodied, rising, careering, with swift steps  
 along the beach;
O wild and dismal night storm, with wind! O belch- 
 ing and desperate!
O shade, so sedate and decorous by day, with calm  
 countenance and regulated pace;
But away, at night, as you fly, none looking—O then  
 the unloosen'd ocean,
Of tears! tears! tears!

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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