In Whitman's Hand


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Title: From the tips of his fingers

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: About 1855

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05705

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: These cancelled and fragmentary lines were revised and used in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, and a version of them eventually was included in what ultimately came to be section 39 of "Song of Myself." This manuscript was probably written around 1855.

Related item: A prose note is written on the back of this manuscript leaf. See loc.05704.

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Nicole Gray, Janel Cayer, and Kenneth M. Price

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From the tips of his fingers

from the breaths of his lungs

from the sparkle of his eyes,

from the odor of his body

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