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by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Behold this swarthy face
Language: English 
Behold this swarthy face, these gray eyes,
This beard, the white wool unclipt upon my neck,
My brown hands and the silent manner without charm;
Yet comes one a Manhattanese and ever at parting
    kisses me lightly on the lips with robust love,
And I on the crossing of the street or on the ship's deck give a kiss in return,
We observe that salute of American comrades land and sea,
We are those two natural and nonchalant persons.

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2005-09-19
Line count: 8
Word count: 79