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

243. Gods


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THOUGHT of the Infinite—the All!
 
Be thou my God. 
  
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Lover Divine, and Perfect Comrade!
 
Waiting, content, invisible yet, but certain, 
Be thou my God.         5
  
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Thou—thou, the Ideal Man!
 
Fair, able, beautiful, content, and loving, 
Complete in Body, and dilate in Spirit, 
Be thou my God. 
  
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O Death—(for Life has served its turn;)
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Opener and usher to the heavenly mansion! 
Be thou my God. 
  
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Aught, aught, of mightiest, best, I see, conceive, or know,
 
(To break the stagnant tie—thee, thee to free, O Soul,) 
Be thou my God.  15
  
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Or thee, Old Cause, when’er advancing;
 
All great Ideas, the races’ aspirations, 
All that exalts, releases thee, my Soul! 
All heroisms, deeds of rapt enthusiasts, 
Be ye my Gods!  20
  
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Or Time and Space!
 
Or shape of Earth, divine and wondrous! 
Or shape in I myself—or some fair shape, I, viewing, worship, 
Or lustrous orb of Sun, or star by night: 
Be ye my Gods.  25


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