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

29. O Hymen! O Hymenee!


O HYMEN! O hymenee! 
Why do you tantalize me thus? 
O why sting me for a swift moment only? 
Why can you not continue? O why do you now cease? 
Is it because, if you continued beyond the swift moment, you would soon certainly kill me?         5


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