O lands! O all so dear to me--what you are (whatever it is), I becomepart of that, whatever it is.

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A glimpse through an interstice caught,Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a barroom around the stove late of a winter nigh t, and I unremarked seated in a corner,Of a youth who loves me and whom I love, silently approaching and seating himself near, that he may hold me by the hand,A long while amid the noises of coming and going, of drinking andoath and smutty jest,There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little,perhaps not a word.

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Our leading men are not of much account and never have been, but the average of the people is immense, beyond all history. Sometim es I think in all departments, literature and art included, that will be the way our superiority will exhibit itself. We will not have great individuals or great leaders, but a great average bulk, unprecedentedly great.

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It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them. And you O my soul where you stand,Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold,Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O, my soul.

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A noiseless patient spider,

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Ebb, ocean of life, (the flow will return,)Cease not your moaning you fierce old mother, Endlessly cry for your castaways, but fear not, deny not me,Rustle not up so hoarse and angry against my feet as I touch you or gather from you.I mean tenderly by you and all,I gather for myself and for this phantom looking down where we lead, and following me and mine.

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