In Whitman's Hand


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Title: hands are cut by the

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1855

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00905

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: Whitman probably drafted this manuscript in the early 1850s as he was composing the first (1855) edition of Leaves of Grass. The manuscript includes draft lines that appeared in a revised form in the sixth poem of that edition, eventually titled "Faces."

Related items: Written on the back of this leaf is another poetry draft that contributed to poems in the first edition of Leaves of Grass. Both manuscript drafts were probably originally continuous with manuscript drafts on another leaf, from which this leaf was cut. See duk.00264, tex.00321, and tex.00079.

Contributors to digital file: Nicole Gray, Andrew Jewell, Kenneth Price, Brett Barney, Nick Krauter, and Amy Hezel

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[The teeth grit?] [cut away] [palms of the?]
hands are cut by the naturned in nails

St He It ^The man falls struggling and foaming to the ground,
though he begs and barters there.— so cooly.—

I remember when I visited the Asylum and they
showed me their most smeared and slobbering

Yet I knew for my for my consolation, of the great
laws that emptied and broke my my brothers

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