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Out from behind
this bending rough - cut mask,
These lights and shades,
this drama of the whole,
This common curtain of the face
contain'd in me for me,
in you for you, in each for each,
(Tragedies, sorrows, laughter, tears
- O heaven!
The passionate teeming
plays this curtain hid!)

by Walt Whitman



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