Verse > Walt Whitman > Leaves of Grass

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

NOTES  20–29

20. A Woman Waits for Me

First published in 1856 under the title of “Poem of Procreation.”

  l. 11  1856 ’60. After line 11 read

“O I will fetch bully breeds of children yet!”

  1856 adds

“They cannot be fetched, I say, on less terms than mine,
Electric growth from the male, and rich ripe fibre from the female, are the terms.”

  l. 12  “Now” added in 1867.

  l. 35  1855. For “shall grow” reads “are drops of.”

21. Spontaneous Me

First published in 1856 under the title of “Bunch Poem.”

  l. 1  Line 1 added in 1860.

  l. 2  “The loving day” added in 1860.

  “the mounting sun” added in 1867.

  “The friend I am happy with,” begins poem in 1856.

  l. 5  1856–60 read “the gorgeous hues,” etc.

  l. 33  “The mystic amorous night” added in 1867.

  l. 41  “My Adamic and fresh daughters” added in 1860.

22. One Hour to Madness and Joy

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  Line 1 added in 1867.

  l. 9  1860. After line 9 reads

“(Know I am a man, attracting at any time, her I but look upon, or touch with the tips of my fingers,
Or that touches my face, or leans against me.)”

  l. 10  “O bashful and feminine!” added in 1867.

  l. 11  1860. After line 11 reads “O rich and feminine! O to show you how to realize the blood of life for yourself, whoever you are—and no matter when and where you live.”

  l. 14  1860 reads “from previous follies and degradations.”

23. We Two—How Long We were Fool’d

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860 begins “You and I—what the earth is, we are, We two,” etc.

  l. 2  1860 reads “Now delicious, transmuted, swiftly we escape, as Nature escapes.”

  l. 10  1860. After line 10 reads “We are what the howing wet of the Tennessee is—we are two peaks of the Blue Mountains, rising up in Virginia.”

24. Out of the Rolling Ocean, the Crowd

First published in “Drum Taps,” 1865.

25. Native Moments

First published in 1860.

26. Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City

First published in 1860.

27. Facing West from California’s Shores

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  Line 1. Added in 1867.

  l. 2  1860 reads “seeking that yet unfound.”

  l. 4  1860 reads “having arrived at last where I am—the circle,” etc.

  l. 5  1860 reads “For, coming.”

  l. 8  Line 8. Added in 1867.

  l. 9  1860 reads “Now I face the old home again—looking over to it joyous, as after long travel, growth, and sleep.”

28. Ages and Ages, Returning at Intervals

First published in 1860.

29. O Hymen! O Hymenee!

First published in 1860.


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