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"I have no mockings or arguments. . .
I witness and wait."–Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself"
Thus let thy power, which like the truth
Of nature on my passive youth
Descended, to my onward life supply
Its calm-to one who worships thee,
And every form containing thee,
Whom, SPIRIT fair, thy spells did bind
To fear himself, and love all human kind.–Percy Shelley, "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty"
. . . nature does all things by her own hands,
and does not leave another to baptize her but
baptizes herself."–Emerson, "The Poet"
And so it was I entered the broken world
To trace the visionary company of love, its voice
An instant in the wind . . .–Hart Crane, "The Broken Tower"
And you see, both of us were right, thoughnothing
Has somehow come to nothing; the avatars
Of our conforming to the rules and living
Around the home have made–well, in a
sense, "good citizens" of us,
Brushing the teeth and all that, and learning to accept
The charity of the hard moments as they are doled out,
For this is action, this not being sure, this careless
Preparing, sowing the seeds crooked in the furrow,
Making ready to forget, and always coming back
To the mooring of starting out, that day so
long ago.–John Ashbery, "Soonest Mended"
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