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When I Peruse The Conquer’d Fame

October 6, 2010

When I peruse the conquer’d fame of heroes and victories of mighty generals, I do not envy generals,

Nor the President in his Presidency, nor the rich in his great house,

But when I hear of the brotherhood of lovers, how it was with them,

How together through life, through dangers, odium, unchanging, long and long,

Through youth and through middle and old age, how unfaltering, how affectionate and faithful they were,

Then I am pensive – I hastily walk away fill’d with the bitterest envy.


-Walt Whitman

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2010 5:59 PM

    The world would be heaven if, filled with such lovers !! hmmm

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