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