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Calamus 18

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


CITY of my walks and joys! City whom that I have lived and sung there will one  
 day make you illustrious,
Not the pageants of you—not your shifting tab- 
 leaux, your spectacles, repay me,
Not the interminable rows of your houses—nor the  
 ships at the wharves,
Nor the processions in the streets, nor the bright win- 
 dows, with goods in them,
Nor to converse with learned persons, or bear my  
 share in the soiree or feast;
Not those—but, as I pass, O Manhattan! your fre- 
 quent and swift flash of eyes offering me love,
Offering me the response of my own—these repay  
Lovers, continual lovers, only repay me.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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