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Title: Of all the western stars

Creators: Walt Whitman, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Unknown

Date: After December 1885

Editorial note: This partial transcription of Tennyson's "Ulysses" was folded together with an unsigned invitation dated December 8, 1885.

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original item.Transcribed from digital images of the original item.

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03437

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



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Of all the western stars until I die.

It may be that the gulfs will wash us down,

It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles

And see the great Achilles whom we knew.

Though much is taken, much abides; and though

We are not now that strength which in old days,

Moved earth & heaven—that which we are, we are,

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time & fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, & not to yield.


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Dear Sir or Madam:

You are invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday Evening, December 15th, 1885, to be held at the residence of Mr. Courtlandt Palmer, 117 East 21st Street, Gramercy Park, in behalf of Manual Training, especially as it is illustrated in the methods pursued in the Gramercy Park School and Tool-house, No. 104 East 20th Street.

This enterprise in education, of which Mr. Andrew D. White, Ex-President of Cornell University wrote: "I have long believed that such schools are among the greatest necessities of our country," has now become a systematically arranged institu- tion, but (as is generally the case with all new departures), it has yet been insufficiently appreciated, and it is with the hope of enlarging its sphere of influence and usefulness that you are asked to assist, on the occasion referred to, with your presence and advice.

Short addresses may be expected from Gen. Alexander S. Webb, President of the Free College of the City of New York, and from Mr. Andrew Carnegie, Rev. Wm. Lloyd, Rabbi G. Gotthell and Mr. F. B. Thurber. A letter from Rev. R. Heber Newton, favoring the project, will be read.

New York, December 8th, 1885.

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