O Bitter Sprig! Confession Sprig!

Walter "Walt" Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist.






O BITTER sprig! Confession sprig!
  In the bouquet I give you place also--I bind you in,
  Proceeding no further till, humbled publicly,
  I give fair warning, once for all.

  I own that I have been sly, thievish, mean, a prevaricator, greedy,
  derelict,
  And I own that I remain so yet.

  What foul thought but I think it--or have in me the stuff out of
  which it is thought?
  What in darkness in bed at night, alone or with a companion?

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