In Whitman's Hand
To the year 1889.
|Have I no ^weapon‑word for thee—some message brief|
| and fierce?|
|Have I fought out ^and done indeed the battle? wholly? is|
| there no shot left,|
|For all thy affectations, lisps, scorns, ^manifold silliness?|
|Nor for myself—my own rebellious self [one letter illegible] in thee?|
|Down, down, proud gorge—tho' choking thee,|
|Thy bearded throat and high-borne forehead to the|
|Crouch low thy neck to eleemosynary gifts.|
|[Leaf 1 verso] |
- This manuscript was probably written near the end of 1888 or in the first few days of 1889.
- Editorial note
- "To the Year 1889" was published first on January 5, 1889, in the Critic. The poem was later retitled "To the Pending Year."
- The verso has two notes in unknown hands. The first reads "Sky/$25.-" and the second "65."
- Notes written on manuscript
- In top margin, in unknown hand: vs 553.
- To the Year 1889 | Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
- Whitman Archive ID