In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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[Leaf 1 recto]

[armies & navies pass on the surface]

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                                                                                       baleful
armies and [illegible] & navies pass on the surface
War & the ang savage passions of man war rage pass on
                                                                                       frantic
                                                                                       frenzied
                                                                                       temper
War & the angry fight pass
C War & the passions frantic tempers of man ^men come
        fo[llegible] rage on out then turn & depart—
        but we remain
But we do not never depart
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[Leaf 1 verso]  
Locust whirring they come in July
        & are loud in August
———
Sunflower—they bloom bright
        and large & fresh early
        in August & through
        that month into
        September

Date
This manuscript was probably composed in the 1850s or 1860s.
Editorial note
The drafted lines beginning "armies and navies pass on the surface" were never published in Whitman's lifetime.The drafted material on the verso of the manuscript, beginning "Locust whirring they come in July," has an unknown relationship to Whitman's published work.
Location
armies  |  The Walt Whitman Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Whitman Archive ID
tex.00005

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