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Title: To the Year 1889

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: January 5, 1889

Publication information: Critic 14 (5 January 1889): 7.

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

Whitman Archive ID: per.00087

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, April Lambert, and Susan Belasco




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To the Year 18891

HAVE I no weapon-word for thee—some message brief and
fierce?
Have I fought out and done indeed the battle? Is there no
shot left,
For all thy affections, lisps, scorns, manifold silliness?
Nor for myself—my own rebellious self in thee?
Down, down, proud gorge!—though choking thee;
Thy bearded throat and high-borne forehead to the gutter;
Crouch low thy neck to eleemosynary gifts.
WALT WHITMAN.

Notes:

1. Reprinted under the new title "To the Pending Year" in Good-Bye My Fancy (1891). [back]


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