In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Egypt

Creators: Walt Whitman, Unknown

Date: Between 1850 and 1860

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00197

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the marginalia and annotations, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note(s): At one point, this manuscript likely formed part of Whitman's cultural geography scrapbook.

Notes written on manuscript: On surface 1, in an unknown hand: "10"

Contributors to digital file: Lauren Grewe, Nicole Gray, Ty Alyea, Matt Cohen, and Kevin McMullen

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Egypt, (and probably much of the Ass sentiment of the Assyrian empire) represents that phase of developement, advanced childhood, full of belief, rich and divine enough, standing amazed and awed before the mystery of life.—nothing more wonderful than life, even in an a hawk a bull or a cat— ^—the masses of the people reverent of priestly and kingly authority. We cannot go All the hitherto modern cen-
turies The ^definite history and of the world We cannot go back farther than Egypt— and, in with [illegible] and

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have we indeed gone on much farther than what Egypt has left— —even the last two thousand
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in many the most important particulars the average spirit of man ^except in These States has not gone a single one step forward of the spirit of ancient Egypt.—

India, represents meditation, oriental rhapsody, ^passiveness, as curious antique schoolmasters teaching, ^of wise precepts— —and is the beginning of feudality, or the institution of the lord and the serf—much of the modern late‑age lord, or fine gentleman, dates ba so nice and delicate, dates af back to the oldest Indies. Hindustan

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