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

26. Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City


ONCE I pass’d through a populous city, imprinting my brain, for future use, with its shows, architecture, customs, and traditions; 
Yet now, of all that city, I remember only a woman I casually met there, who detain’d me for love of me; 
Day by day and night by night we were together,—All else has long been forgotten by me; 
I remember, I say, only that woman who passionately clung to me; 
Again we wander—we love—we separate again;         5
Again she holds me by the hand—I must not go! 
I see her close beside me, with silent lips, sad and tremulous. 


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