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Title: After the dazzle of Day

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1887 or 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00002

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. . Transcribed from The Walt Whitman Archive I: Whitman Manuscripts at the Library of Congress, ed. Joel Myerson (New York: Garland, 1993), 1:121; Major American Authors on CD-Rom: Walt Whitman (Westport, CT: Primary Source Media, 1997). The transcription was then checked against 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: "After the Dazzle of Day" was first published in the New York Herald on February 3, 1888. This manuscript was probably composed in 1887 or early 1888, shortly before the poem's publication.

Notes written on manuscript: On leaf 1 recto, in Horace Traubel's hand: "For Francis Howard Williams | May 1896 | Traubel"

Contributors to digital file: Andrew Jewell, Kenneth Price, Brett Barney, Nick Krauter, Lisa Renfro, Zach Bajaber, Melissa Sinner, Justin St. Clair, and Nicole Gray

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After the dazzle of Day

After the dazzle of day is gone,

Only the dark dark night shows
to my eyes the stars;

After the clangor of organ majestic,
or chorus, or perfect band,

Silent, athwart my soul, moves the
symphony true.

Walt Whitman

sent to pub. in Herald
early in Feb. '88

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