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Walt Whitman - Hours Continuing Long.

HOURS continuing long, sore and heavy-hearted, 
Hours of the dusk, when I withdraw to a lonesome and unfrequented spot, seating myself,
    leaning
	my face in my hands; 
Hours sleepless, deep in the night, when I go forth, speeding swiftly the country roads,
    or
	through the city streets, or pacing miles and miles, stifling plaintive cries; 
Hours discouraged, distracted—for the one I cannot content myself without, soon I saw
    him
	content himself without me; 
Hours when I am forgotten, (O weeks and months are passing, but I believe I am never to
	forget!)
Sullen and suffering hours! (I am ashamed—but it is useless—I am what I am;) 
Hours of my torment—I wonder if other men ever have the like, out of the like
    feelings? 
Is there even one other like me—distracted—his friend, his lover, lost to him? 
Is he too as I am now? Does he still rise in the morning, dejected, thinking who is lost
    to
	him? and at night, awaking, think who is lost? 
Does he too harbor his friendship silent and endless? harbor his anguish and passion?
Does some stray reminder, or the casual mention of a name, bring the fit back upon him,
	taciturn and deprest? 
Does he see himself reflected in me? In these hours, does he see the face of his hours
	reflected?

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 8. Hours Continuing Long.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 22. Gathered Leaves
Year: Published/Written in 1900
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