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Calamus 8

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


LONG I thought that knowledge alone would suffice  
 me—O if I could but obtain knowledge!
Then my lands engrossed me—Lands of the prairies, 
 Ohio's land, the southern savannas, engrossed  
 me—For them I would live—I would be their  
Then I met the examples of old and new heroes—I  
 heard of warriors, sailors, and all dauntless per- 
 sons—And it seemed to me that I too had it  
 in me to be as dauntless as any—and would  
 be so;
And then, to enclose all, it came to me to strike up  
 the songs of the New World—And then I be- 
 lieved my life must be spent in singing;
But now take notice, land of the prairies, land of  
 the south savannas, Ohio's land,
Take notice, you Kanuck woods—and you Lake  
 Huron—and all that with you roll toward  
 Niagara—and you Niagara also,
And you, Californian mountains—That you each  
 and all find somebody else to be your singer of  
For I can be your singer of songs no longer—One  
 who loves me is jealous of me, and withdraws me  
 from all but love,
With the rest I dispense—I sever from what I  
 thought would suffice me, for it does not—it is  
 now empty and tasteless to me,
I heed knowledge, and the grandeur of The States, 
 and the example of heroes, no more,
  [ begin page 355 ]ppp.01500.363.jpg I am indifferent to my own songs—I will go with  
 him I love,
It is to be enough for us that we are together—We  
 never separate again.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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