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For You O Democracy
by Walt Whitman
from “Calamus” in Leaves of Grass, 1881


Come, I will make the continent indissoluble,
I will make the most splendid race the sun ever shone upon,
I will make divine magnetic lands,
          With the love of comrades,
                    With the life-long love of comrades.

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.
For you these from me, O Democracy, to serve you ma femme!
For you, for you I am trilling these songs.




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