In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Of this broad and majestic

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Before or early in 1855

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00549

Source: The Oscar Lion Papers, 1914–1955, New York Public Library, New York, N.Y. 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: Words like "timothy" and "clover" and the phrase about "the buckwheat" from this manuscript appear, revised, in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, in the poem that would later be titled "Song of Myself," and they were later repurposed for other poems. The manuscript was therefore probably written before or early in 1855.

Related item: Written on the back of this leaf are several poetic lines. A phrase from one of them appeared in the poem ultimately titled "I Sing the Body Electric."

Contributors to digital file: Janel Cayer, Jeannette Schollaert, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price

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Of all that there is in the this broad and majestic universe, you can mention nothing either ^all in the visible world, or ^and much in the greater world invisible, that is not but what is owned by the Poet.—He owns the solid ground and tills it and reaps from every field and harvests fro the cotton and grain, dried grass. ^the timothy and the clovers.—.—All the woods and all the orchards—the corn, with its ear and stalks and tasselsthe buckwheat with and its sweet white blossoms tops where and the bees ^that hum ^there all day—
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