In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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O for thy gladness, Earth!
Thy sanity
To ours, feverish & f
        all diseas'd, thy spirit!
They gr natural
The und
O shamed is man
Whence com'st thy calm
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This manuscript was probably 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 on that date in the New York Evening Post and on subsequent days in at least eight other newspapers.
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This manuscript relates to the poem first published as "After All, Not to Create Only" in 1871. The poem was ultimately titled "Song of the Exposition."
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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