In Whitman's Hand


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Title: As to you

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1860

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00134

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 section was evidently pasted to and then pulled away from another page; some fragments of that other page remain affixed to the top. Beneath them can be discerned the ink number 2. In the upper left corner appears a "+" within parentheses, which was formerly covered by the other page. In his transcription of this manuscript, Richard Maurice Bucke combined it with three other manuscripts: see nyp.00095, nyp.00097, and uva.00283 (Notes and Fragments [London, Ontario: A. Talbot & Co., printers, 1899], 28–29). Though the subject matter is similar, the manuscripts do not appear to be continuous.

Notes written on manuscript: On leaf 1 recto, in unknown hand: "2"

Contributors to digital file: Nicole Gray, Brett Barney, and Joshua Ranger

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As to you, if you have never not yet learned
to think, enter upon it now,

Think at once with directness, breadth,
^aim, conscientiousness

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You will feel a new a strange unfailing pleasure
from the start, and grow rapidly
each successive year. week.

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