<Title>Leaves of Grass (1855)</Title>
<Edition>Complete Poetry and Collected Prose. New York: Literary Classics of the U.S., 1982.</Edition>
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<p>America does not repel the past or what it has produced
under its forms or amid other politics or the idea of castes
or the old religions . . . . accepts the lesson with
calmness . . . is not so impatient as has been supposed that
the slough still sticks to opinions and manners and
literature while the life which served its requirements has
passed into the new life of the new forms . . . perceives
that the corpse is slowly borne from the eating and sleeping
rooms of the house . . . perceives that it waits a little
while in the door . . . that it was fittest for its days . .
. that its action has descended to the stalwart and
wellshaped heir who approaches . . . and that he shall . . .