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Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900.

185. O Living Always—Always Dying

O LIVING always—always dying!

O the burials of me, past and present!

O me, while I stride ahead, material, visible, imperious as ever!

O me, what I was for years, now dead, (I lament not—I am content;)

O to disengage myself from those corpses of me, which I turn and look at, where I cast them!

To pass on, (O living! always living!) and leave the corpses behind!