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Chants Democratic and Native American 17


1NOW we start hence, I with the rest, on our jour- 
 neys through The States,
We willing learners of all, teachers of all, and lovers  
 of all.
2I have watched the seasons dispensing themselves,  
 and passing on,
And I have said, Why should not a man or woman  
 do as much as the seasons, and effuse as much?
3We dwell a while in every city and town, We pass through Kanada, the north-east, the vast  
 valley of the Mississippi, and the Southern  
We confer on equal terms with each of The States, We make trial of ourselves, and invite men and  
 women to hear,
We say to ourselves, Remember, fear not, be candid,  
 promulge the body and the Soul,
Promulge real things—Never forget the equality of  
 humankind, and never forget immortality;
  [ begin page 191 ]ppp.01500.199.jpg Dwell a while, and pass on—Be copious, temperate,  
 chaste, magnetic,
And what you effuse may then return as the seasons  
And may be just as much as the seasons.
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