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[Leaf 1 recto]

[City of my walks and joys]

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Manhattan[!?] little you h [cut away]
You [deletion, illegible] city[:?] what do y[cut away]
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        you repay me for my
        daily walks joys
Not these your crowded rows of houses silen
        attract repay me
[deletion, illegible] Not the bright windows [and?] or the goods in them, or the
        processions in the street
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City of my walks and joys!
City whom that I have lived
        and sung there will one day
        make you illustrious!
Not the infinite pageants of
        you—Not your shifting
        tableaux, your spectacles,
        repay me.
Not the interminable rows of
        your houses—not r the
        ships at the wharves,
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I ^Notr to converse with educated and eminent learned
        fashionable ^learned persons, or bear
        my share in the soirèe, or
        feast, or discu in politics,
But as I pass, the ^frequent and swift flash
        of eyes, speaking offering offering me
        delicious [deletion, illegible] ^athletic love fresh as nature's air and herbage— —offering me
        full repa the ^respondsse and equal of
        my my own,
These repay me—Lovers, ^continual Lovers
        continu only repay me.—
[Leaf 1 verso]  

[In the garden]

In a the garden, the world, I, a new Adam,
        again wander,
Curious, here behold my resurrection
        after ages of dea slumber,
The revolving mighty cycles, in their mighty wide
        sweep, have again brought
        me.—Ihave returned return, for
        awhile, the same,
All is beautiful to me—all is
        wondrous—I am myself
        most wondrous,
All is
I have con
I exist, I peer and
        penetrate, still,
By my side following Eve,—and following,
        I and I following her wherso in turn
        ever she goes, just
        the same,
Content with the present, content with the

This manuscript was likely composed in the late 1850s.
Editorial note
"[Cities of my walks and joys]" is a draft of the poem first published in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass as number 18 in the "Calamus" cluster and ultimately entitled "City of Orgies."  "[In the garden]" is a draft of a poem published first in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass as number 1 in the cluster "Enfans d'Adam." The poem was ultimately entitled "To the Garden of the World."
Notes written on manuscript
In top margin, in hand of Fredson Bowers: Calamus 18. p 363.
Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829)  |  Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
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