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Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

106. To a Common Prostitute


BE composed—be at ease with me—I am Walt Whitman, liberal and lusty as Nature; 
Not till the sun excludes you, do I exclude you; 
Not till the waters refuse to glisten for you, and the leaves to rustle for you, do my words refuse to glisten and rustle for you. 
  
My girl, I appoint with you an appointment—and I charge you that you make preparation to be worthy to meet me, 
And I charge you that you be patient and perfect till I come.         5
  
Till then, I salute you with a significant look, that you do not forget me. 


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