AMONG THE MULTITUDE

AMONG the men and women the multitude,

I perceive one picking me out by secret and divine signs,
Acknowledging none else,
          not parent, wife, husband, brother, child, any nearer than I am,
Some are baffled, but that one is not–that one knows me.
 
Ah lover and perfect equal,
I meant that you should discover me so by faint indirections,
And I when I meet you mean to discover you by the like in you.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
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