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Calamus 17

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


OF him I love day and night, I dreamed I heard he  
 was dead,
And I dreamed I went where they had buried him I  
 love—but he was not in that place,
And I dreamed I wandered, searching among burial- 
 places, to find him,
And I found that every place was a burial-place, The houses full of life were equally full of death, 
 (This house is now,)
The streets, the shipping, the places of amusement, 
 the Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, the Manna- 
 hatta, were as full of the dead as of the living,
And fuller, O vastly fuller, of the dead than of the  
—And what I dreamed I will henceforth tell to every  
 person and age,
And I stand henceforth bound to what I dreamed; And now I am willing to disregard burial-places, and  
 dispense with them,
  [ begin page 363 ]ppp.01500.371.jpg And if the memorials of the dead were put up indif- 
 ferently everywhere, even in the room where I  
 eat or sleep, I should be satisfied,
And if the corpse of any one I love, or if my own  
 corpse, be duly rendered to powder, and poured  
 in the sea, I shall be satisfied,
Or if it be distributed to the winds, I shall be sat- 

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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