In Whitman's Hand
[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|
| liness |
|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|
- 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.
- Whitman Archive ID