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Title: Shakespere Bacon's Cipher

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: October 1887

Publication information: The Cosmopolitan 4 (October 1887): 142.

Source: Our transcription is based on a digital image of an original issue.

Whitman Archive ID: per.00030

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, April Lambert, Heather Morton, Leslie ianno, Ramon Guerra, and Susan Belasco




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SHAKESPEARE BACON'S CIPHER.1

A HINT TO SCIENTISTS.


BY WALT WHITMAN.
I DOUBT it not; then more, immeasurably more,
In each old song bequeathed, in every noble page or text,
(Different, something unreck'd before, some unsuspected author,)
In every object—mountain, tree, and star—in every birth and life,
As part of each, finality of each, meaning, behind the ostent,
The mystic cipher waits infolded.

Notes:

1. Reprinted in Good-Bye My Fancy (1891) under the title "Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher." [back]


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