Verse > Walt Whitman > Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman (1819–1892).  Leaves of Grass.  1900.

NOTES  40–49

40. Not Heaving from My Ribb’d Breast Only

First published in 1860.

41. Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances

First published in 1860.

  l. 2  “that we may be deluded” added in 1867.

  l. 9  1860 reads “May-be they only seem to me what they are.”

42. Base of all Metaphysics, The

First published in 1870.

43. Recorders Ages Hence

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860 reads

  “You bards of ages hence! when you refer to me, mind not so much my poems,
Nor speak of me that I prophesied of the States, and led them the way of their glories;
But come, I will take you,” etc.

44. When I heard at the Close of the Day

First published in 1860.

45. Are You the New person, drawn toward Me?

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860 adds “and asking something significant from me?”

  l. 2  1860. For “surely” reads “probably.”

  l. 9  1860 adds “O the next step may precipitate you!”

46. Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860 reads

“Calamus taste,
(For I must change the strain—these are not to be pensive leaves, but leaves of joy,)
Root and leaves unlike any but themselves.”

  l. 10  After line 10, 1860 reads

“They are comprised in you just as much as in themselves—perhaps more than in themselves,
They are not comprised in one season or succession, but many successions,
They have come slowly up out of the earth and me, and are to come slowly up out of you.”

47. Not Heat Flames up and Consumes

First published in 1860.

48. Trickle, Drops

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  Line 1 added in 1867.

49. City of Orgies

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860 reads “City of my walks and joys!”

  l. 2  “in your midst” added in 1867.


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