In Whitman's Hand


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This manuscript relates to the poem first published as "After All, Not to Create Only" in 1871. The poem was ultimately titled "Song of the Exposition." This manuscript seems to be thematically related to what became section 1 in the final version of the poem.Does not To-Day Time'sa machine readable transcriptionWalt WhitmanKen PriceEd FolsomTranscription and encodingthe Walt Whitman Archive staffThe Institute for Advanced Technology in the HumanitiesUniversity of IowaUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnThe National Endowment for the HumanitiesThe United States Department of Education2001loc.00032The Walt Whitman ArchiveThe Institute for Advanced Technology in the HumanitiesAlderman LibraryUniversity of VirginiaP.O. Box 400115Charlottesville, VA 22904-4115whitman@jefferson.village.virginia.eduCopyright © 2001 by Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, all rights reserved. Items in the Archive may be shared in accordance with the Fair Use provisions of U.S. copyright law. Redistribution or republication on other terms, in any medium, requires express written consent from the editors and advance notification of the publisher, The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Permission to reproduce the graphic images in this archive has been granted by the owners of the originals for this publication only.This manuscript was likely written in 1871 after Whitman accepted the invitation from the American Institute to compose and recite a poem at the opening of its fortieth Annual Exhibition in New York City. Whitman read the poem on September 7, 1871, and it was published soon after that in several newspapers and in a small book. Walt Whitman After All Not to Create Only1871The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC Transcribed from a digital image of the original manuscript taken by Brett Barney with a hand-held digital camera.2014-09-15Nicole GrayCorrected image name, added verso image2006-08-02Nick KrauterAdded third digit to leaf numbers2004-11-30Andrew JewellKenneth M. PriceAddition of Date and Work Markup2003-10-02Brett BarneyConversion to camel-case2002-23-09Brett BarneyBlessed2002-08-00Zach BajaberUpdated to current practice2002-00-00Kenneth M. PriceChecked by editor2002-00-00Brett BarneyRevised2001-00-00Jason McIntoshTranscribed and encodedDoes not To-Day Time'sDoes not To-Day Time's harvest seem?The work of the past, the tillage accomplish'd;And ours to gather and use the yield.After all, less to create than we thoughtStill less to destroy is the mission of the New World.After all, indeed, is there—can there really be any New world?


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