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

29. O Hymen! O Hymenee!

O HYMEN! O hymenee!

Why do you tantalize me thus?

O why sting me for a swift moment only?

Why can you not continue? O why do you now cease?

Is it because, if you continued beyond the swift moment, you would soon certainly kill me?