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Were you looking to be held together by the lawyers?
By an agreement on a paper? Or by arms?

I arrive, bringing these, beyond all the forces of
courts and arms,
These! to hold you together as firmly as the earth
itself is held together.

3The old breath of life, ever new,
Here! I pass it by contact to you, America.

4O mother! have you done much for me?
Behold, there shall from me be much done for you.

5There shall from me be a new friendship—It shall
be called after my name,
It shall circulate through The States, indifferent of
It shall twist and intertwist them through and around
each other—Compact shall they be, showing
new signs,
Affection shall solve every one of the problems of
Those who love each other shall be invincible,
They shall finally make America completely victo-
rious, in my name.

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6One from Massachusetts shall be comrade to a Mis-
One from Maine or Vermont, and a Carolinian and
an Oregonese, shall be friends triune, more pre-
cious to each other than all the riches of the

7To Michigan shall be wafted perfume from Florida,
To the Mannahatta from Cuba or Mexico,
Not the perfume of flowers, but sweeter, and wafted
beyond death.

8No danger shall balk Columbia's lovers,
If need be, a thousand shall sternly immolate them-
selves for one,
The Kanuck shall be willing to lay down his life for
the Kansian, and the Kansian for the Kanuck,
on due need.

9It shall be customary in all directions, in the houses
and streets, to see manly affection,
The departing brother or friend shall salute the re-
maining brother or friend with a kiss.

10There shall be innovations,
There shall be countless linked hands—namely, the
Northeasterner's, and the Northwesterner's, and
the Southwesterner's, and those of the interior,
and all their brood,
These shall be masters of the world under a new
They shall laugh to scorn the attacks of all the re-
mainder of the world.

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11The most dauntless and rude shall touch face to face
The dependence of Liberty shall be lovers,
The continuance of Equality shall be comrades.

12These shall tie and band stronger than hoops of iron,
I, extatic, O partners! O lands! henceforth with the
love of lovers tie you.

13I will make the continent indissoluble,
I will make the most splendid race the sun ever yet
shone upon,
I will make divine magnetic lands.

14I will plant companionship thick as trees along all the
rivers of America, and along the shores of the
great lakes, and all over the prairies,
I will make inseparable cities, with their arms about
each other's necks.

15For you these, from me, O Democracy, to serve you,
ma femme!
For you! for you, I am trilling these songs.


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