O Hymen! O Hymenee!

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O Hymen! O Hymenee!
by Walt Whitman


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?

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.