In Whitman's Hand


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Title: And their voices

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1850 and 1855

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00264

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: Whitman probably drafted this manuscript in the early 1850s as he was composing the first (1855) edition of Leaves of Grass. The notes were revised and incorporated into the first poem in that edition, eventually titled "Song of Myself."

Notes written on manuscript: On leaf 1 recto, in unknown hand: "14"

Contributors to digital file: Stephanie Blalock, Caitlin Henry, Nicole Gray, and Leslie Ianno

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And their voices, clearer than the valved ? cornet,—they cry hoot! hoot! to us all our lives till we seek where they hide, and bring the sly ones out forth!


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