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This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful
by Walt Whitman
from “Calamus” in Leaves of Grass, 1867

This moment yearning and thoughtful sitting alone,
It seems to me there are other men in other lands yearning and thoughtful,
It seems to me I can look over and behold them in Germany, Italy, France, Spain,
Or far, far away, in China, or in Russia or talking other dialects,
And it seems to me if I could know those men I should become attached to them as
     I do to men in my own lands,
O I know we should be brethren and lovers,
I know I should be happy with them.


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