In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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[Behold thy hunters]

Behold thy hunters,
        miners, pioneers
Behold the hunter
        in the woods,
        the firshermen in their boats,
tThe sweet, eternal, homely arts,
Cooking and washing, clean
Ho The song of the divine housekeeper
These arts employments, farms,
Wealth, and inventions, nor
        all the arts works and trades
        for shap development for identity
        utility for immortal life
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This manuscript was likely written in 1871 after Whitman accepted the invitation from the American Institute to compose and recite a poem at the opening of its fortieth Annual Exhibition in New York City. Whitman read the poem on September 7, 1871, and it was published soon after that in several newspapers and in a small book.
Editorial note
This manuscript relates to the poem first published as "After All, Not to Create Only" in 1871. The poem was ultimately titled "Song of the Exposition." This manuscript seems to be related to what became section 8 in the final version of the poem.
After All Not to Create Only  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
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