In Whitman's Hand

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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,
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?

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.
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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