Title: The power by which the carpenter
Creator: Walt Whitman
Date: 1840s or 1850s
Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00029
Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.
Editorial note: Based on the handwriting, Edward Grier posits that this manuscript dates to the 1850s (Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 1:136). An image of the verso is currently unavailable.
Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Janel Cayer, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price
The power by which the carpenter plumbs his house, is the same power that dashes his brains out if he fall from the roof.—