Title: The most perfect wonders
Creator: Walt Whitman
Date: Before or early in 1855
Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00057
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: Edward Grier writes of this manuscript that "[t]he sentiments and the handwriting are those of 1855 or earlier" (Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 1:186). Some of the language is similar to wording in the poem that would be titled "Song of Myself." 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 most perfect wonders of the earth are not [I?] rare and distant but present with every [illegible]person,—you as much as any!—
theMan! Woman! Youth! wherever you are, in the Northern, Southern, Eastern, or Western States—in Kanada—by the sea-coast, or far inland—
Th What is more amazing than the day sun-rise, the day, the floods of light enveloping the fields, t waters, grass, trees, persons?—What is more beautiful than the night, the full moon, and the stars?—The prairies, the lakes, [t?] rivers, forests,—all are
Not distant caverns, volcanoes, cataracts, curious islands, birds, foreign cities, architecture, costumes, markets, ceremonies, shows, are any more wonderful thanwhat is common to you, near you now, and continually with you.—