In Whitman's Hand
[a chorus of]
|? a chorus of|
| voices, workers|
| in far[m?] |
|The farm, the shop, the |
|—idea—that we confront the|
| sane, fresh, fruitful, ever|
| youthful, Earth, our mother,|
- 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."
- The verso of the manuscript leaf has Department of Justice letterhead.
- 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