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 the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: This manuscript was probably composed between 1850 and 1855, when Whitman was writing the poems of the first (1855) edition of Leaves of Grass. It includes draft lines that appeared in a revised form in the sixth poem of that edition, a poem ultimately titled "Faces."

Related item: On the back of this leaf are draft lines that appeared in a revised form in the eleventh poem of the first edition of Leaves of Grass. See duk.00264.

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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