In Whitman's Hand
|All thine! the glory thine!|
| ^To thee Thou ^|binding
Union ! all ! to thee! the
| farm, the shop, the boat,|
|Dwelling & city & state ^— northern & southern — — item and|
| aggregate, all & several!|
|With joy this we ever dedicate|
| to thee!|
- 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 is a draft of lines from a poem first published as "After All, Not to Create Only" in 1871. The poem was ultimately titled "Song of the Exposition." This manuscript is a draft of lines 206-209 in the final version of the poem.
- 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