In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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[Notes where wild bees flitting hum]

Notes where the wild bees flitting hums
        Or the August silent mMulleins grow .... or [deletion, illegible] winter
        Snow flakes fall ...
While the ever the far off Stars ^of heaven roll round and round ...

[Notes as the wild Bees hum]

Where the As Notes as the wild bBees flitting hum ...
        As Or August mMulleins grow ... as or winter Snow-flakes
        silent fall ...
Ans Or the Stars in the sky roll round ...
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This manuscript was likely written in 1891 or 1892, shortly before Whitman's death.
Editorial note
This manuscript is a draft of a poem unpublished in Whitman's life, though published posthumously as "Supplement Hours." In 1897, five years after Whitman's death, his literary executors added a group of poems entitled "Old Age Echoes" to a new printing of Leaves of Grass, and "Supplement Hours" was a part of this group.
Supplement Hours  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
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