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Walt Whitman - Assurances.

I NEED no assurances—I am a man who is preoccupied, of his own Soul; 
I do not doubt that from under the feet, and beside the hands and face I am cognizant of,
    are
	now looking faces I am not cognizant of—calm and actual faces; 
I do not doubt but the majesty and beauty of the world are latent in any iota of the
    world; 
I do not doubt I am limitless, and that the universes are limitless—in vain I try to
    think
	how limitless; 
I do not doubt that the orbs, and the systems of orbs, play their swift sports through the
    air
	on purpose—and that I shall one day be eligible to do as much as they, and more than
    they;
I do not doubt that temporary affairs keep on and on, millions of years; 
I do not doubt interiors have their interiors, and exteriors have their exteriors—and
    that
	the eye-sight has another eye-sight, and the hearing another hearing, and the voice
    another
	voice; 
I do not doubt that the passionately-wept deaths of young men are provided for—and
    that
	the deaths of young women, and the deaths of little children, are provided for; 
(Did you think Life was so well provided for—and Death, the purport of all Life, is
    not
	well provided for?) 
I do not doubt that wrecks at sea, no matter what the horrors of them—no matter whose
	wife, child, husband, father, lover, has gone down, are provided for, to the minutest
    points;
I do not doubt that whatever can possibly happen, any where, at any time, is provided for,
    in
	the inherences of things; 
I do not think Life provides for all, and for Time and Space—but I believe Heavenly
    Death
	provides for all.

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 4. Assurances.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 18. Whispers of Heavenly Death
Year: Published/Written in 1900
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