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

39. A Song


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COME, I will make the continent indissoluble;
 
I will make the most splendid race the sun ever yet shone upon; 
I will make divine magnetic lands, 
        With the love of comrades, 
          With the life-long love of comrades.         5
  
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I 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; 
        By the love of comrades, 
          By the manly love of comrades. 
  
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For you these, from me, O Democracy, to serve you, ma femme!
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For you! for you, I am trilling these songs, 
        In the love of comrades, 
          In the high-towering love of comrades. 


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