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TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 3. WHEN I AM NEAR TO YOU, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Now when I am near to you, dear friend
Last Line: I find my deliverance in you.
Subject(s): Friendship; Love

NOW when I am near to you, dear friend,
Passing out of myself, being delivered—
Through those eyes and lips and hands, so loved, so ardently loved,
I am become free;
In the sound of your voice I dwell
As in a world defended from evil.

What I am accounted by the world to be—all that I leave behind:
It is nothing to me any longer.
Like one who leaves a house with all its mouldy old furniture and pitches
his camp under heaven's blue,
So I take up my abode in your presence—
I find my deliverance in you.

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