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Leaves of Grass
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  • Year of comets and meteors transient and strange—lo! even here one equally transient and strange!
  • As I flit through you hastily, soon to fall and be gone, what is this chant, What am I myself but one of your meteors?
  • …old hills of Judaea with the beautiful gentle God by my side, Speeding through space, speeding through heaven and the stars, Speeding amid the seven satellites and the broad ring, and the diameter of eighty thousand miles, Speeding with tail’d meteors, throwing fire-balls like the rest, Carrying the crescent child that carries its own full mother in its belly, Storming, enjoying, planning, loving, cautioning, Backing and filling, appearing and disappearing, I tread day and night such…
  • …and stately the Great Eastern swam up my bay, she was 600 feet long, Her moving swiftly surrounded by myriads of small craft I forget not to sing; Nor the comet that came unannounced out of the north flaring in heaven, Nor the strange huge meteor-procession dazzling and clear shooting over our heads, (A moment, a moment long it sail’d its balls of unearthly light over our heads, Then departed, dropt in the night, and was gone;) Of such, and fitful as they, I sing—with gleams from them…
  • Year of Meteors [1859-60 Year of meteors! brooding year!
  • Year of Meteors [1859-60 Year of meteors! brooding year!

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  • Most meteors come from rocks that are about the size of a pebble.
  • We were away from the city lights where meteors are easier to see.

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