In Whitman's Hand

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After the dazzle of Day

After the dazzle of day is gone,
Only the dark dark night shows
        to my eyes the stars;
After the clangor of organ majestic,
        or chorus, or perfect band,
Silent, athwart my soul, moves the
        symphony true.
                                                Walt Whitman
sent to pub. in Herald
early in Feb. '88

This manuscript was probably composed in 1887 or early 1888, shortly before the poem's publication.
Editorial note
"After the Dazzle of Day" was first published in the New York Herald, February 3, 1888.
Notes written on manuscript
In bottom margin, in hand of Horace Traubel: For Francis Howard Williams
May 1896 Traubel.
After the Dazzle of Day  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
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