In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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Certainties, Faith
Counterbalances,
Alternation

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
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Date
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.
Location
Certainties, Faith, Counterbalances, Alternation  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Whitman Archive ID
loc.00075

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