Verse > Walt Whitman > Leaves of Grass

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

NOTES  50–59

50. Behold this Swarthy Face

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860 begins

“Mind you the timid models of the rest, the majority?
Long I minded them but hence I will not—for I have adopted models for myself, and now offer them to The Lands.”

  1860 reads “Behold this swarthy and unrefined face—these gray eyes.” 1867 reads “Behold this swarthy, this unrefined face—these gray eyes.”

  l. 5  1860 ’67 read “And I in the public room, or on the crossing,” etc.

51. I saw in Louisiana a Live Oak Growing

First published in 1860.

52. To a Stranger

First published in 1860.

53. This Moment, Yearning and Thoughtful

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860 reads “This moment as I sit alone, yearning and thoughtful.”

  l. 4  1860 reads “know those men better.”

  1860. After line 4 reads “It seems to me they are as wise, beautiful, benevolent, as any in my own lands,” etc.

54. I hear it was Charged against Me

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860. For “was” read “is.”

55. Prairie-Grass Dividing, The

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860 reads “Its own odor breathing.”

  l. 7  1860 adds “choice and chary of its love-power.”

56. We Two Boys Together Clinging

First published in 1860.

  l. 7  1860. After line 7 adds “With birds singing—With fishes swimming—With trees branching and leafing.”

57. A Promise to California

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860 reads “A promise and gift to California.”

  l. 3  1860 reads “travel to you.”

58. Here the Frailest Leaves of Me

First published in 1860.

  l. 1  1860 begins “Here my last words, and the most baffling.”

  l. 2  1860 ’67 read “Here I shade down and hide my thoughts—I do not expose them.”

59. When I peruse the Conquer’d Fame

First published in 1860.

  l. 3  1860 ’67 read “When I read,” etc.

  l. 6  1860 ’67 read “I hastily put down the book and walk away,” etc.


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