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Title: Assyria & Egypt

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Undated

Editorial note: Grier estimates that the date of this manuscript is between 1857 and 1860 (Walt Whitman: Notebooks and Unpublished Manuscripts, ed. Edward F. Grier [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 5:1927).

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original item.

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00692

Contributors to digital file: Lauren Grewe, Nicole Gray, Ty Alyea, and Matt Cohen


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Paste-on | Whitman's Notes on Paste-on | Whitman's Highlighting on Paste-on | Erasure | Overwrite



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Assyria & Egypt

 


Greeks

illustrating the aesthetic and intellec‑
tual developements of our race, in fluency, poems, the beautiful, in theory and action, ^in friendship, architecture, manners and so on, philosophy, and much else.


 


Romans

—the physical, that which [guides?]makes ^a commanding and mighty race, mastership, rudeness,—that which gives a great perfection to war, conquest, invasions, audacity, amplitude, victory, the majesty ^& discriminations of law, the dignifiedty of ^in attitude, speech, and the like


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India

Where does India come in? Before? see preceding leaf


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Hebrews

the spiritual element, the indefinite, the immortal, ^sublimity, the realm of that to which the material tends, the realm of shadows, meditation, the influence of the stars in solitude at night, the ^sublime idea of a coming sav man or saviour, a perfect individual


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More or less, ^undoubtedly in India ^in Hindustan, Egypt, Assyria, Persia China Phoenicia, and other lands, [elder?] lands, Doubtless much preceded the Greeks, Romans, and Hebrews— But what preceded the[m?]se ^latter is hard to tell except from by the process of reasoning from effects to causes—
—Egypt, Assyria, India, Phoenicia, China.


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