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TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 3. TO THE END OF TIME, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Know that to the end of time and the remotest corner
Last Line: Rain), yourself equal in magnificence and splendor.
Subject(s): Immortality; Soul


KNOW that to the end of Time and the remotest corner of Space there is
nothing that you cannot take for your own—nothing without personal relation
to yourself, body and soul: to this body, sweet, bitter, painful, pleasurable,
fatal—to that, equal. Not the most fatal drug but feeds that one, not years
of slow exile or of illness.
Through this life, that life—the two always conjoined; through
failure, stedfastness; through the sight of the change and flow of things,
immortality; through the magnificence and splendor of nature (I speak to you now
seated on some wooded slope or hill—the birds, the buds, the sky after
rain), yourself equal in magnificence and splendor.





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