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Calamus 19

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.


1MIND you the timid models of the rest, the  
Long I minded them, but hence I will not—for I  
 have adopted models for myself, and now offer  
 them to The Lands.
2Behold this swarthy and unrefined face—these gray  
This beard—the white wool, unclipt upon my neck, My brown hands, and the silent manner of me, with- 
 out charm;
Yet comes one, a Manhattanese, and ever at parting,  
 kisses me lightly on the lips with robust love,
And I, in the public room, or on the crossing of the  
 street, or on the ship's deck, kiss him in return;
We observe that salute of American comrades, land  
 and sea,
We are those two natural and nonchalant persons.

Part of the cluster CALAMUS.

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