In Whitman's Hand

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Certainties, Faith

The body ^sluggish, old,
The fires in em embers left of earlier fires
The frozen winter clods—but —to them the spring
        shall come
And [deleted, illegible]ds With grass and leaves flowers and summer
        b[deleted, illegible]es green fruits and corn
The sun is ^now sinking low in the west de
Shall rise again to morning and to noon
The light in the eye grows dim—the
        body blood all sluggish, old
leaf 1 verso

This manuscript was likely written around 1887 or 1888, shortly before the poem was published in March 1888.
Editorial note
This manuscript is a draft of "Continuities," a poem published first in the New York Herald, March 20, 1888.
On the verso of this manuscript is an undated letter to Whitman from Talcott Williams.
Certainties, Faith, Counterbalances, Alternation  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
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