It Is You Who Give the Life

We consider bibles and religions divine–
I do not say they are not divine,

I say they have all grown out of you,
and may grow out of you still,

It is not they who give the life,
it is you who give the life.

Leaves are no more shed from the trees,
or trees from the earth,
than they are shed out of you.

— Walt Whitman

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