In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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[All thine]

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!
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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.
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