In Whitman's Hand

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The Mother of all

The sense of the mother
        of all—
—of a grand ^Nationality of nationality, one but composite
        & multiform members,
        on common grounds
The mar fusion &
        solution of all the
        ☞ modern forces, intensities,
        ardent physical & intel-
        ☞ lectual activities, in
        a sane agricultural
        Nature, and in ?employments
        & trades—
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These notes were drafted between August 1, 1871, when Whitman received an invitation to deliver a poem at the opening of the American Institute's fortieth National Industrial Exhibition in New York City, and September 7, 1871, when he delivered the poem.
Editorial note
"After All Not to Create Only" was published on September 7, 1871 in a variety of large newspapers and later that year as a booklet. The poem was ultimately titled "Song of the Exposition."
After All, Not to Create Only (1871). Manuscript Drafts and Notes.  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
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