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Walt Whitman - Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances.

OF the terrible doubt of appearances, 
Of the uncertainty after all—that we may be deluded, 
That may-be reliance and hope are but speculations after all, 
That may-be identity beyond the grave is a beautiful fable only, 
May-be the things I perceive—the animals, plants, men, hills, shining and flowing
    waters,
The skies of day and night—colors, densities, forms—May-be these are, (as
    doubtless
	they
	are,) only apparitions, and the real something has yet to be known; 
(How often they dart out of themselves, as if to confound me and mock me! 
How often I think neither I know, nor any man knows, aught of them;) 
May-be seeming to me what they are, (as doubtless they indeed but seem,) as from my
    present
	point of
	view—And might prove, (as of course they would,) naught of what they appear, or
    naught
	any how,
	from entirely changed points of view; 
—To me, these, and the like of these, are curiously answer’d by my lovers, my
    dear
	friends;
When he whom I love travels with me, or sits a long while holding me by the hand, 
When the subtle air, the impalpable, the sense that words and reason hold not, surround us
    and
	pervade us, 
Then I am charged with untold and untellable wisdom—I am silent—I require
    nothing
	further,
	
I cannot answer the question of appearances, or that of identity beyond the grave; 
But I walk or sit indifferent—I am satisfied,
He ahold of my hand has completely satisfied me.

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 7. Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 3. Calamus
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: Jan 24 2013

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