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Calamus 5

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


1STATES! Were you looking to be held together by the lawyers? By an agreement on a paper? Or by arms? 2Away! I arrive, bringing these, beyond all the forces of  
 courts and arms,
These! to hold you together as firmly as the earth  
 itself is held together.
3The old breath of life, ever new, Here! I pass it by contact to you, America. 4O mother! have you done much for me? Behold, there shall from me be much done for you. 5There shall from me be a new friendship—It shall  
 be called after my name,
It shall circulate through The States, indifferent of  
It shall twist and intertwist them through and around  
 each other—Compact shall they be, showing  
 new signs,
Affection shall solve every one of the problems of  
Those who love each other shall be invincible, They shall finally make America completely victo- 
 rious, in my name.
30   [ begin page 350 ]ppp.01500.358.jpg 6One from Massachusetts shall be comrade to a Mis- 
One from Maine or Vermont, and a Carolinian and  
 an Oregonese, shall be friends triune, more pre- 
 cious to each other than all the riches of the  
7To Michigan shall be wafted perfume from Florida, To the Mannahatta from Cuba or Mexico, Not the perfume of flowers, but sweeter, and wafted  
 beyond death.
8No danger shall balk Columbia's lovers, If need be, a thousand shall sternly immolate them- 
 selves for one,
The Kanuck shall be willing to lay down his life for  
 the Kansian, and the Kansian for the Kanuck,  
 on due need.
9It shall be customary in all directions, in the houses  
 and streets, to see manly affection,
The departing brother or friend shall salute the re- 
 maining brother or friend with a kiss.
10There shall be innovations, There shall be countless linked hands—namely, the  
 Northeasterner's, and the Northwesterner's, and  
 the Southwesterner's, and those of the interior,  
 and all their brood,
These shall be masters of the world under a new  
They shall laugh to scorn the attacks of all the re- 
 mainder of the world.
  [ begin page 351 ]ppp.01500.359.jpg 11The most dauntless and rude shall touch face to face  
The dependence of Liberty shall be lovers, The continuance of Equality shall be comrades.
12These shall tie and band stronger than hoops of iron, I, extatic, O partners! O lands! henceforth with the  
 love of lovers tie you.
13I will make the continent indissoluble, I will make the most splendid race the sun ever yet  
 shone upon,
I will make divine magnetic lands.
14I will plant companionship thick as trees along all the  
 rivers of America, and along the shores of the  
 great lakes, and all over the prairies,
I will make inseparable cities, with their arms about  
 each other's necks.
15For you these, from me, O Democracy, to serve you,  
 ma femme!
For you! for you, I am trilling these songs.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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