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by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

To a common prostitute
Language: English 
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.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 104