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Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

168. Beginners


HOW they are provided for upon the earth, (appearing at intervals;) 
How dear and dreadful they are to the earth; 
How they inure to themselves as much as to any—What a paradox appears their age; 
How people respond to them, yet know them not; 
How there is something relentless in their fate, all times;         5
How all times mischoose the objects of their adulation and reward, 
And how the same inexorable price must still be paid for the same great purchase. 


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