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O Hymen! O Hymenee!
by Walt Whitman
from “Children of Adam” in Leaves of Grass, 1867


O hymen! O hymenee! why do you tantalize me thus?
O why sting me for a swift moment only?
Why can you not continue? O why do you now cease?
Is it because if you continued beyond the swift moment you would soon certainly kill me?



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