In Whitman's Hand


About this Item

Title: In the garden

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Late 1850s

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00583

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 is a draft of a poem published first in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass as number 1 in the cluster "Enfans d'Adam." It was likely written in the late 1850s.

Related item: On the back of this leaf is a draft of the poem "City of Orgies," first published in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass as "Calamus" No. 18. See uva.00023.

Contributors to digital file: Nick Krauter, Lisa Renfro, Zach Bajaber, Brian Pytlik Zillig, Nicole Gray, Andrew Jewell, Kenneth Price, and Brett Barney

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In a the garden, the world, I, a new Adam,
again wander,

Curious, here behold my resurrection
after ages of dea slumber,

The revolving mighty cycles, in their mighty wide
sweep, have again brought
me.—I have returned return, for
awhile, the same,

All is beautiful to me—all is
wondrous—I am myself
most wondrous,


All is

I have con


I exist, I peer and
penetrate, still,

By my side following Eve,—and following,
I and I following her wherso
in turn
she goes, just
the same,

Content with the present, content with the

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