In Whitman's Hand


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This manuscript contains a drafted line of a poem published as "After All, Not to Create Only" first in newspapers and then as a book with the same title in 1871. The poem was ultimately titled "Song of the Exposition." This manuscript relates to line 39 in the final version of Leaves of Grass.Silent in far-off Egypt the broken-lipp'da 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.00388The 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 probably 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 on that date in the New York Evening Post and on subsequent days in at least eight other newspapers.Walt Whitman After All Not to Create Only1871 The 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 numbers2006-02-10Lisa RenfroCorrected date and editorial notes2004-11-22Andrew JewellKenneth M. PriceAddition of Date and Work Markup2003-10-02Brett BarneyConversion to camel-case2002-023-09Brett BarneyBlessed2002-08-00Zach BajaberUpdated to current practice2002-00-00Kenneth M. PriceChecked by editor2002-00-00Brett BarneyRevised2001-00-00Lindsay Layne RichardsonTranscribed and encodedSilent in far-off Egypt the broken-lipp'dSilent in far-off Egypt the broken-lipp'd Egyptian Sphynx — silent the mighty Egyptian to far-off tombs of Egypt — and yet how solemnly eloquent— eloquent, century-baffling tombs.


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