In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Hast never come to thee an hour

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Late 1870s or early 1880s

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00058

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. 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: This manuscript features two drafts of "Hast Never Come to Thee an Hour," a poem published first in the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass. The manuscript was likely written in the late 1870s or early 1880s.

Contributors to digital file: Nicole Gray, Nick Krauter, Matthew Miller, Andy Jewell, Kenneth Price, and Brett Barney

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Hast never come to thee an hour


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Hast never come to thee an hour,

When The ^A sudden ^ [penetrating?] gleam ^precipitating all——the ^phantasm, mockery of wealth?

Of all these eager aims—these politics,

The phantasm thou art making life?

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Hast never come to thee in life an one hour

One A sudden ^strange unearthly gleam, precipitating, bursting all the phantasm these bubble
mockery ^ies? of wealth

Of all tThese eager business aims? these these shows, amours—pol
itics, amours, fashions, wealth?


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