In Whitman's Hand


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Title: identical with the

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Before or early in 1855

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00878

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 the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: This scrap features prose lines that appear to be related to what became section 2 of "I Sing the Body Electric," first published untitled in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass. The manuscript describes firemen "returning slowly home" from a fire, an image which suggests the description of "the march of firemen" and "the slow return from the fire" in "I Sing the Body Electric." The lines were probably written shortly before or early in 1855.

Related item: This note is on a scrap that has been pasted onto a backing sheet to form a larger document.

Contributors to digital file: Nicole Gray, Kirsten Clawson, Kenneth M. Price, and Brett Barney

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identical with the per[illegible] years ago—and he was satisfied they were of that distant date.

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Attitudes and expressions of fire company of returning [slowly?] home, with fire flushed [faces?] and loose attire: The alarm bell strikes, a fresh [alarm?], and on the instant [cut away] stop and each has a [cut away] and eager, listening look, to

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