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

185. O Living Always—Always Dying

O LIVING always—always dying! 
O the burials of me, past and present! 
O me, while I stride ahead, material, visible, imperious as ever! 
O me, what I was for years, now dead, (I lament not—I am content;) 
O to disengage myself from those corpses of me, which I turn and look at, where I cast them!         5
To pass on, (O living! always living!) and leave the corpses behind! 


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