In Whitman's Hand
sent H May 19
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.
- The verso of the manuscript leaf is blank.
- Life and Death | The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839-1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- Whitman Archive ID