In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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Life and Death

The two old ^simple problems ever
For eEver intertwined
^Close home, Elusive, simple, present, baffled, grappled, foil'd baffled,
For By [about two letters deleted, illegible] each successive age pass'd on
        insoluble, pass'd on,
To ours to-day—and we pass on. the same

This manuscript was probably composed in the spring of 1888 shortly before it was published.
Editorial note
This manuscript is a draft of "Life and Death," which was published first in the New York Herald, May 23, 1888.
Life and Death  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839-1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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