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Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Prose Works. 1892.
I. Specimen Days
135. A Quintette
WHILE I have been kept by the rain under the shelter of my great oak, (perfectly dry and comfortable, to the rattle of the drops all around,) I have pencill’d off the mood of the hour in a little quintette, which I will give you:
        At vacancy with Nature,
Acceptive and at ease,
Distilling the present hour,
Whatever, wherever it is,
And over the past, oblivion.
  Can you get hold of it, reader dear? and how do you like it anyhow?   2



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