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I inhale great draughts of space,
I am larger, better than I thought,
All seems beautiful to me,
to me I would do the same to you,
go, I will toss a new gladness and roughness among them, Whoever denies me it shall not trouble me, Whoever accepts me he or she shall be blessed and shall bless me.
6 Now if a thousand perfect men were to appear it would not amaze
me, Now if a thousand beautiful forms of women appear'd it would
not astonish me.
Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons,
Here a great personal deed has room, (Such a deed seizes upon the hearts of the whole race of men, Its effusion of strength and will overwhelms law and mocks all
authority and all argument against it.)
Here is the test of wisdom,
excellence of things; Something there is in the float of the sight of things that provokes
it out of the soul.
Now I re-examine philosophies and religions,
the spacious clouds and along the landscape and Aowing
Here is realization,
you are vacant of them.
Only the kernel of every object nourishes;
Here is adhesiveness, it is not previously fashion'd, it is apropos;
7 Here is the efflux of the soul, The efflux of the soul comes from within through embower'd
gates, ever provoking questions, These yearnings why are they? these thoughts in the darkness
why are they? Why are there men and women that while they are nigh me the
sunlight expands my blood ? Why when they leave me do my pennants of joy sink flat and lank? Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious
thoughts descend upon me? (I think they hang there winter and summer on those trees and
always drop fruit as I pass ;) What is it I interchange so suddenly with strangers ? What with some driver as I ride on the seat by his side? What with some fisherman drawing his seine by the shore as I
walk by and pause ? What gives me to be free to a woman's and man's good-will?
what gives them to be free to mine?
8 The efflux of the soul is happiness, here is happiness, I think it pervades the open air, waiting at all times, Now it flows unto us, we are rightly charged. Here rises the fluid and attaching character, The fluid and attaching character is the freshness and sweetness
of man and woman, (The herbs of the morning sprout no fresher and sweeter every
day out of the roots of themselves, than it sprouts fresh and sweet continually out of itself.)
Toward the fluid and attaching character exudes the sweat of the
love of young and old, From it falls distill'd
the charm that mocks beauty and attainments, Toward it heaves the shuddering longing ache of contact.
9 Allons ! whoever you are come travel with me! Traveling with me you find what never tires. The earth never tires, The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first, Nature is rude
and incomprehensible at first, Be not discouraged, keep on, there are divine things well envelop'd, I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words
Allons ! we must not stop here,
ing we cannot remain here, However shelter'd this port and however calm these waters we
must not anchor here, However welcome the hospitality that surrounds us we are per
mitted to receive it but a little while.
Allons ! the inducements shall be greater,
speeds by under full sail.
Allons ! with power, liberty, the earth, the elements,
The stale cadaver blocks up the passage — the burial waits no
longer. Allons ! yet take warning ! He traveling with me needs the best blood, thews, endurance, None may come to the trial till he or she bring courage and health, Come not here if you have already spent the best of yourself, Only those may come who come in sweet and determin'd bodies, No diseas'd person, no rum-drinker or venereal taint is permitted (I and mine do not convince by arguments, similes, rhymes, We convince by our presence.)
Listen ! I will be honest with you,
settle yourself to satisfaction before you are call'd by an
irresistible call to depart, You shall be treated to the ironical smiles and mockings of those
who remain behind you, What beckonings of love you receive you shall only answer with
passionate kisses of parting, You shall not allow the hold of those who spread their reach'd
hands toward you.
12 Allons ! after the great Companions, and to belong to them! They too are on the road — they are the swift and majestic men
they are the greatest women, Enjoyers of calms of seas and storms of seas, Sailors of many a ship, walkers of many a mile of land, Habitués of many distant countries, habitués of far-distant dwellings, Trusters of men and women, observers of cities, solitary toilers, Pausers and contemplators of tufts, blossoms, shells of the shore, Dancers at wedding-dances, kissers of brides, tender helpers of
children, bearers of children, Soldiers of revolts, standers by gaping graves, lowerers-down of
coffins, Journeyers over consecutive seasons, over the years, the curious
years each emerging from that which preceded it, Journeyers as with companions, namely their own diverse phases, Forth-steppers from the latent unrealized baby-days, Journeyers gayly with their own youth, journeyers with their
bearded and well-grain'd manhood, Journeyers with their womanhood, ample, unsurpass'd, content, Journeyers with their own sublime old age of manhood or woman
hood, Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the
universe, Old age, flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death. 13 Allons ! to that which is endless as it was beginningless, To undergo much, tramps of days, rests of nights, To merge all in the travel they tend to, and the days and nights
they tend to, Again to merge them in the start of superior journeys, To see nothing anywhere but what you may reach it and pass it, To conceive no time, however distant, but what you may reach it
and pass it, To look up or down no road but it stretches and waits for you,
however long but it stretches and waits for you, To see no being, not God's or any, but you also go thither, To see no possession but you may possess it, enjoying all without
labor or purchase, abstracting the feast yet not abstracting
one particle of it, To take the best of the farmer's farm and the rich man's elegant
villa, and the chaste blessings of the well-married couple,
and the fruits of orchards and flowers of gardens, To take to your use out of the compact cities as you pass through, To carry buildings and streets with you afterward wherever you go, To gather the minds of men out of their brains as you encounter
them, to gather the love out of their hearts, To take your lovers on the road with you, for all that you leave
them behind you, To know the universe itself as a road, as many roads, as roads for
All parts away for the progress of souls,
apparent upon this globe or any globe, falls into niches and
Of the progress of the souls of men and women along the grand
roads of the universe, all other progress is the needed
emblem and sustenance. Forever alive, forever forward, Stately, solemn, sad, withdrawn, baffled, mad, turbulent, feeble,
dissatisfied, Desperate, proud, fond, sick, accepted by men, rejected by men, They go ! they go! know that they go, but I know not where
they go, But I know that they go toward the best - toward something