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Title: Old Age's Lambent Peaks

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: September 1888

Publication information: Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine 38 (September 1888): 735.

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

Whitman Archive ID: per.00135

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




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OLD AGE'S LAMBENT PEAKS.1

THE touch of flame—the illuminating fire—the loftiest look at last,
O'er city, passion, sea—o'er prairie, mountain, wood—the earth itself;
The airy, different, changing hues of all, in falling twilight,
Objects and groups, bearings, faces, reminiscences;
The calmer sight—the golden setting, clear and broad:
So much i' the atmosphere, the points of view, the situations whence we scan,
Bro't out by them alone—so much (perhaps the best) unreck'd before;
The lights indeed from them—old age's lambent peaks.
Walt Whitman.

Notes:

1. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888). [back]


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