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Title: You lusty and graceflu youth

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1855

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00032

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

Editorial note: This manuscript was likely written between 1850 and 1855 when Whitman was composing his first edition of Leaves of Grass. It is a partial draft of the final poem in that edition, which in later editions would be titled "Great Are the Myths."

Related item: On the back of the leaf are drafts of lines that appeared in the third poem of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, ultimately called "To Think of Time." See duk.00889.

Contributors to digital file: Andrew Jewell, Kenneth Price, Brett Barney, Nick Krauter, Lisa Renfro, Heather Morton, and Nicole Gray

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Great are you, You lusty and loving graceflu youth! but
you are great
you are not exclusively great, in youth.— graceful
and fascinating youth;

Your Middle age [comes?] shall be great with its amplitude
and [illegible] steadiness and ma
allmastering the fullblooded strength

Your old age [come with?] shall be equally great shall have with
resistless majesty and bloom and
fascination and love,

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