In Whitman's Hand

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[Leaf 1 recto]

Hast never come to thee an hour

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Hast never come to thee an hour,
When The ^A sudden ^[penetrating?] gleam ^precipitating all——the ^phantasm, mockery of wealth?
Of all these eager aims—these politics,
        amours?
The phantasm thou art making life?
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Hast never come to thee in life an one hour
one A sudden ^strange unearthly gleam, precipitating ^bursting all the phantasm these bubble
        mockery ^ies?of wealth
Of all tThese eager business aims? these these shows, amours—pol
        itics, amours, fashions, wealth?
[Interpellation?]

Date
This manuscript was likely composed in the late 1870s or early 1880s.
Editorial note
This manuscript contains two drafts of "Hast Never Come to Thee an Hour," a poem published first in the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass.
Location
Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829)  |  Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
Whitman Archive ID
uva.00058

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