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  • The gentleman of perfect blood acknowledges his perfect blood, The insulter, the prostitute, the angry person, the beggar, see themselves in the ways of him, he strangely transmutes them, They are not vile any more, they hardly know themselves they are so grown.
  • We Two, How Long We Were Fool’d We two, how long we were fool’d, Now transmuted, we swiftly escape as Nature escapes, We are Nature, long have we been absent, but now we return, We become plants, trunks, foliage, roots, bark, We are bedded in the ground, we are rocks, We are oaks, we grow in the openings side by side, We browse, we are two among the wild herds spontaneous as any, We are two fishes swimming in the sea together, We are what locust blossoms are, we drop scent around lanes…
  • …the lesson—trial and test of all:) How through those strains distill’d—how the rapt ears, the soul of me, absorbing Fernando’s heart, Manrico’s passionate call, Ernani’s, sweet Gennaro’s, I fold thenceforth, or seek to fold, within my chants transmuting, Freedom’s and Love’s and Faith’s unloos’d cantabile, (As perfume’s, color’s, sunlight’s correlation:) From these, for these, with these, a hurried line, dead tenor, A wafted autumn leaf, dropt in the closing grave, the shovel’d earth,…

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  • Bricks transmute into powder.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It is true that as the war ground on and devastated a widening swath of the South, the initial patriotism and ideological commitment of many Confederate soldiers became transmuted into hatred and a passion for revenge.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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