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Part of the cluster AUTUMN RIVULETS.



VOCALISM, measure, concentration, determination, and the divine  
 power to speak words;
Are you full-lung'd and limber-lipp'd from long trial? from vigor- 
 ous practice? from physique?
Do you move in these broad lands as broad as they? Come duly to the divine power to speak words? For only at last after many years, after chastity, friendship, procrea- 
 tion, prudence, and nakedness,
After treading ground and breasting river and lake, After a loosen'd throat, after absorbing eras, temperaments, races,  
 after knowledge, freedom, crimes,
After complete faith, after clarifyings, elevations, and removing  
After these and more, it is just possible there comes to a man, a  
 woman, the divine power to speak words;
Then toward that man or that woman swiftly hasten all—none  
 refuse, all attend,
Armies, ships, antiquities, libraries, paintings, machines, cities,  
 hate, despair, amity, pain, theft, murder, aspiration, form in  
 close ranks,
They debouch as they are wanted to march obediently through  
 the mouth of that man or that woman.


O what is it in me that makes me tremble so at voices? Surely whoever speaks to me in the right voice, him or her I shall  
As the water follows the moon, silently, with fluid steps, anywhere  
 around the globe.
All waits for the right voices; Where is the practis'd and perfect organ? where is the develop'd  
For I see every word utter'd thence has deeper, sweeter, new  
 sounds, impossible on less terms.
  [ begin page 298 ]ppp.01663.304.jpg I see brains and lips closed, tympans and temples unstruck, Until that comes which has the quality to strike and to unclose, Until that comes which has the quality to bring forth what lies  
 slumbering forever ready in all words.

Part of the cluster AUTUMN RIVULETS.

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