Be composed - be at ease with me - I am Walt Whitman, liberal and lusty as Nature, Not till the sun excludes you do I exclude you, Not till the waters refuse to glisten for you and the leaves to rustle for you, do my words refuse to glisten and rustle for you. My girl I appoint with you an appointment, and I charge you that you make preparation to be worthy to meet me, And I charge you that you be patient and perfect till I come. Till then I salute you with a significant look that you do not forget me.
- by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Ned Rorem (b. 1923), "To a common prostitute", from Three Calamus Songs, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
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