Title: Of this broad and majestic
Creator: Walt Whitman
Date: Before or early in 1855
Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00549
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: Words like "timothy" and "clover" and the phrase about "the buckwheat" from this manuscript appear, revised, in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, in the poem that would later be titled "Song of Myself," and they were later repurposed for other poems. The manuscript was therefore probably written before or early in 1855.
Related item: Written on the back of this leaf are several poetic lines. A phrase from one of them appeared in the poem ultimately titled "I Sing the Body Electric."
Contributors to digital file: Janel Cayer, Jeannette Schollaert, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price