In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Starry Union

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1876

Whitman Archive ID: pml.00007

Source: The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. Transcribed from 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: "Starry Union" was never published in Whitman's lifetime, though several different draft forms exist. The precise date of composition of this manuscript is unknown, but Whitman very possibly wrote this piece for the Centennial Celebration of 1876, as the date of the letter on the reverse ("Feb 11/76") suggests.

Related item: On the back of this manuscript leaf is a crossed-out letter from F. H. Mann requesting Whitman's autograph, dated February 11, 1876.

Contributors to digital file: Nick Krauter, Heather Morton, Nicole Gray, Andrew Jewell, Kenneth Price, and Brett Barney

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Starry Union

See! See! see! how where the sun is blazing streaming beaming!

See! See! see! all the bright stars shining gleaming!

North, or South, or Westward in order beaming moving [loving?]
all Equal all Including, folding,

Union all! O its Union all!

O its all for one each, & one each for all!

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