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City of my walks and joys


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  [begin leaf 1 recto] Calamus 18. p 363 City of my walks and joys! City whom that I have lived  
 and sung there will one day  
 make you illustrious!
Not the infinite pageants of  
 you—Not your shifting  
 tableaux, your spectacles,  
 repay me
Not the interminable rows of  
 your houses—notr the  
 ships at the wharves,
Manhattan! little you h [cut away] You [illegible] city: what do y[cut away]  
  you repay me for my  
  daily walks joys
Not these your crowded rows of houses silen  
  attract repay me
[illegible] Not the bright windows and or the goods in them, or the  
 processions in the street
I ^Notr to converse with educated and eminent learned  
  fashionable ^learned persons, or bear  
 my share in the soiree​ , or  
 feast, or discu in politics,
But as I pass, the ^frequent and swift flash  
 of eyes, speaking offering offering me  
  delicious [illegible] athletic love fresh as nature's air and herbage——offering me  
  full repa the ^respondsse and equal of  
  my my own,
These repay me—Lovers, ^continual Lovers  
  continu only repay me.—
  [begin leaf 1 verso]
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