In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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[Leaf 1 recto]

[You lusty and graceflu youth]

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Great are you, You lusty and loving graceflu youth! but
        you are great
        you are not exclusively great, in youth.— graceful
        and fascinating youth;
Your Middle age[comes?] shall be great with its amplitude
        and [about three letters illegible] steadiness and ma
        allmastering the fullblooded strength
Your old age [come with?] shall be equally great shall have with
        resistless majesty and bloom and
        fascination and love,
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[Leaf 1 verso]  

[Are the prostitutes nothing?]

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Are the prostitutes nothing? Are the
        mockers of religion nothing?
Does the light or heat pick out? Does
        the attraction the attraction oof pick out?of the attraction of ^gravity pick out? pick out?
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—one of the common
(In remarks on myself
        What they say of him
—he was just like other men—he shall
        not be singled out.

This manuscript was likely written between 1850 and 1855 when Whitman was composing his first edition of Leaves of Grass.
Editorial note
The manuscript on the recto of the leaf is a partial draft of the final poem in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, ultimately entitled "Great Are the Myths." The lines on the verso of the leaf are suggestive of lines from an untitled poem in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, ultimately called "To Think of Time."
[You lusty and graceflu youth!] MS 4 to 11  |  The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
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