Title: seems perpetually goading
Creator: Walt Whitman
Date: 1840s or early 1850s
Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00090
Source: The Oscar Lion Papers, 1914–1955, New York Public Library, New York, N.Y. 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Editorial note: Edward Grier posits that this manuscript was written in the 1840s or early 1850s (Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 1:156). The manuscript is pasted down, making the verso inaccessible.
Contributors to digital file: Chris Forster, John Owen Havard, Kirsten Clawson, Janel Cayer, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price
? seems perpetually goading me—the soul—If all seems right—it is not right—then corruption—then putridity—then mean maggots grow among men—they are born out of the ^too richly manured earth—