Title: From the tips of his fingers
Creator: Walt Whitman
Date: About 1855
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05705
Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.
Editorial note: These cancelled and fragmentary lines were revised and used in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, and a version of them eventually was included in what ultimately came to be section 39 of "Song of Myself." This manuscript was probably written around 1855.
Related item: A prose note is written on the back of this manuscript leaf. See loc.05704.
Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Nicole Gray, Janel Cayer, and Kenneth M. Price
From the tips of his fingers
from the breaths of his lungs
from the sparkle of his eyes,
from the odor of his body