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Leaves of Grass 17

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


I SIT and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, 
 and upon all oppression and shame,
I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at  
 anguish with themselves, remorseful after deeds  
I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children, 
 dying, neglected, gaunt, desperate,
I see the wife misused by her husband—I see the  
 treacherous seducer of the young woman,
I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love, 
 attempted to be hid—I see these sights on the  
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny—I  
 see martyrs and prisoners,
I observe a famine at sea—I observe the sailors  
 casting lots who shall be killed, to preserve the  
 lives of the rest,
I observe the slights and degradations cast by arro- 
 gant persons upon laborers, the poor, and upon  
 negroes, and the like;
All these—All the meanness and agony without end, 
 I sitting, look out upon,
See, hear, and am silent.

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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