In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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[Leaf 1 recto]
[about one character illegible]

—This is the Earths word—

the pervading sentiment or lesson is to be that the only good of learning the theory and of the fluency largeness, exa and generosity and unpartiality, largeness and exactitude of the earth is to use all those toward ^the theory of character—human character

This manuscript was probably written in the mid-1850s.
Editorial note
The ideas expressed in this manuscript thematically relate to Whitman's poem "A Song of the Rolling Earth," which was published first in the 1856 edition of Leaves of Grass as "Poem of The Sayers of The Words of The Earth."
This is the Earths word  |  The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
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