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Title: Tacitus—of the Germans

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Undated

Editorial note: Floyd Stovall notes that Whitman's translation comes from Arthur Murphy's translation of The Historical Annals of Cornelius Tacitus. See "Notes on Whitman's Reading," American Literature 26 (November 1954), 355.

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. Transcribed from digital images of the original item.

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00027

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

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Tacitus—of the Germans (? Scythians).

"In ancient songs they celebrate Tuisto, a god sprung from the earth, and his son Mannus, the origin & founder of their nation. To Mannus they assign three sons"


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