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

209. The Last Invocation


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AT the last, tenderly,
 
From the walls of the powerful, fortress’d house, 
From the clasp of the knitted locks—from the keep of the well-closed doors, 
Let me be wafted. 
  
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Let me glide noiselessly forth;
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With the key of softness unlock the locks—with a whisper, 
Set ope the doors, O Soul! 
  
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Tenderly! be not impatient!
 
(Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh! 
Strong is your hold, O love.)  10


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