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Title: Twilight

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: December 1887

Whitman Archive ID: per.00136

Source: Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine 37 (December 1887): 264. Our transcription is based on a digital image of a microfilm copy of an original issue. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the periodical poems, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, April Lambert, Heather Morton, Leslie Ianno, Ramon Guerra, and Susan Belasco

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THE soft voluptuous opiate-shades,
The sun just gone, the eager light dispelled—(I too
will soon be gone, dispelled),
A haze—nirvana—rest and night—oblivion.
Walt Whitman.


1. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888). [back]


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