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Leaves of Grass 12

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


1THIS night I am happy; As I walk the beach where the old mother sways to  
 and fro, singing her savage and husky song,
As I watch the stars shining—I think a thought of  
 the clef of the universes, and of the future.
2What can the future bring me more than I have? Do you suppose I wish to enjoy life in other spheres? 3I say distinctly I comprehend no better sphere than  
 this earth,
I comprehend no better life than the life of my body.
4I do not know what follows the death of my body, But I know well that whatever it is, it is best for me, And I know well that whatever is really Me shall live  
 just as much as before.
5I am not uneasy but I shall have good housing to  
But this is my first—how can I like the rest any  
Here I grew up—the studs and rafters are grown  
 parts of me.
6I am not uneasy but I am to be beloved by young and  
 old men, and to love them the same,
20   [ begin page 230 ]ppp.01500.238.jpg I suppose the pink nipples of the breasts of women  
 with whom I shall sleep will touch the side of my  
 face the same,
But this is the nipple of a breast of my mother, always  
 near and always divine to me, her true child and  
 son, whatever comes.
7I suppose I am to be eligible to visit the stars, in my  
I suppose I shall have myriads of new experiences—  
 and that the experience of this earth will prove  
 only one out of myriads;
But I believe my body and my Soul already indicate  
 those experiences,
And I believe I shall find nothing in the stars more  
 majestic and beautiful than I have already found  
 on the earth,
And I believe I have this night a clew through the  
And I believe I have this night thought a thought of  
 the clef of eternity.
8A 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,
  [ begin page 231 ]ppp.01500.239.jpg 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 past, present, future, This vast similitude spans them, and always has  
 spanned, and shall forever span them, and  
 compactly hold them.

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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