10. Starting from Paumanok
First published in 1800 under title of Proto-Leaf.
1860. Proto-Leaf first stanza reads:
FREE, fresh, savage,
Fluent, luxuriant, self-content, fond of persons and places,
Fond of fish-shape Paumanok, where I was born,
Fond of the sealusty-begotten and various,
Boy of the Mannahatta, the city of ships, my city,
Or raised inland, or of the south savannas,
Or full-breathd on Californian air, or Texan or Cuban air,
Tallying, vocalizing allresounding Niagararesounding Missouri,
Or rude in my home in Kanuck woods,
Or wandering and hunting, my drink water, my diet meat,
Or withdrawn to muse and meditate in some deep recess,
Far from the clank of crowds, an interval passing, rapt and happy,
Stars, vapor, snow, the hills, rocks, the Fifth Month flowers, my amaze, my love,
Aware of the buffalo, the peace-herds, the bull, strong-breasted and hairy,
Aware of the mocking-bird of the wilds at daybreak,
Solitary, singing in the west, I strike up for a new world.
l. 4 1867 reads city of ships my city
l. 11 1867. For earth reads earths.
l. 15 1860 adds the Soul, your-self, the present and future lands. 1867 adds Yourself, the present and future lands.
l. 22 1860. The globe begins line 23.
l. 37 1860. For conquerors! read Masters!
l. 40 1860. For lines 4044 reads:
Chants of the prairies,
Chants of the long-running Mississippi,
Chants of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota,
Inland chantschants of Kanzas,
Chants away down to Mexico, and up north to OregonKanadian chants,
Chants of teeming and turbulent citieschants of mechanics,
Yankee chantsPennsylvanian chantschants of Kentucky and Tennessee,
Chants of dim-lit mineschants of mountain-tops,
Chants of sailorschants of the Eastern Sea and the Western Sea,
Chants of the Mannahatta, the place of my dearest love, the place surrounded by hurried and sparkling currents,
Health chantsjoy chantsrobust chants of young men,
Chants inclusivewide reverberating chants,
Chants of the Many In One.
l. 47 1860. From begins new line.
l. 51 1860. After line 51 reads With accumulations, now coming forward in front, arrived again, I harbor, for good or badI permit to speak.
l. 54 take them, South, and take them, North! added in 1867.
l. 68 1860 reads I own, etc. (moving awhile among it;) added in 1867.
l. 69 1860 reads I think, etc.
l. 70 1860 reads I regard it all intently a long while, Then take my place for good with my own day and race here.
l. 84 1860. After line 85 reads And I will make a song of the organic bargains of These StatesAnd a shrill song of curses on him who would dissever the Union.
l. 88 Lines 8890 added in 1867.
l. 94 1860 67. After line 94 read line 179 this edition.
l. 105 1860 67. After people read en-masse.
l. 105 and my nation is added in 1867.
l. 110 1860. For land reads earth.
l. 111 1860 67. For I descend into the arena read I too go to the wars.
l. 112 1860 67. For there read thereof.
l. 112 1860 reads the conquerors shouts.
l. 113 Who knows? added in 1867.
l. 119 1860. For I say reads I specifically announce.
l. 121 Lines 1212 added in 1867.
l. 125 1860. For politics reads materials.
l. 133 1860 reads Mon cher!
l. 134 1860. For line 134 reads Proceed, comrade.
l. 139 1860. Lines 138139 read O I see the following poems are indeed to drop in the earth the germ of a great religion.
l. 1860. Line 143 reads Melange mine! Own, etc., added in 1867.
l. 145 1860. After line 145 reads Wondrous interplay between the seen and unseen.
l. 146 1860. After line 146 reads Extasy everywhere touching and thrilling me.
l. 149 1860 reads Not he, adhesive, kissing me so long with his daily kiss.
l. 152 1860 reads my unknown lovers, faithful and true, added in 1867.
l. 153 1860 reads such themes.
l. 174 Outlawd added in 1867.
l. 176 1860 reads Namely to earn, etc.
l. 180 1860 reads no imperfection in male or female, or in the earth, or in the present, etc.
l. 182 1860. For that time, etc., reads that no one thing in the universe is inferior to another thing.
l. 191 1860. afterward.
l. 204 1860. After line 204 reads Toward the President, the Congress, the diverse Governors, the new Judiciary.
l. 206 1860 reads O the lands! next line, Lands scorning invaders! Interlinked, etc.
l. 207 1860. After line 207, reads
Odorous and sunny land! Floridian land!
Land of the spinal river, the Mississippi! Land of the Alleghanies! Ohios land!
l. 208 1860 reads Land of the potato, the apple, and the grape!
l. 210 1860. After line 210 reads Land there of rapt thought, and of the realization of the stars! Land of simple, holy, untamed lives!
l. 216 1860 reads Land of many oceans.
l. 217 1860. For ones reads lovers.
l. 222 1860. For lines 2223 reads
O all and each well-loved by me! my intrepid nations!
O I cannot be discharged from you!
l. 227 1860 For in every town reads in many towns.
l. 232 1860. After Arkansian reads the woman and the man of Utah, Dakotah, Nebraska, yet with me, etc.
l. 235 1860 reads Yet a child of the Northyet Kanadian, etc.
l. 271 1860 reads Old and new cities.
1860. After line 271 reads See the populace, millions upon millions, handsome, tall, muscular, both sexes, clothed in easy and dignified clothesteaching, commanding, marrying, generating, equally electing and elective.
l. 272 stretching across, etc., and line 273, added in 1867.
l. 280 1860. After line 280 reads
O power, liberty, eternity at last!
O to be relieved of distinctions! to make as much of vices as virtues!
O to level occupations and the sexes! O to bring all to common ground! O adhesiveness!
O the pensive aching to be togetheryou know not why, and I know not why.
11. Ship Starting, The
First published in Drum Taps, 1865.
l. 2 starting added in 1870.
12. Unfolded Out of the Folds
First published in 1856, under title of Poem of Women. In 1860 as No 14, Leaves of Grass.
13. To You
First published in 1860.
14. Walt Whitman
First published in 1855.
l. 14 1855, ripples and buzzed.
l. 38 always sex added in 1856.
l. 52 1855 reads
As God comes a loving bed-fellow and sleeps at my side all night and close on the peep of the day,
And leaves for me baskets covered with white towels bulging the house with their plenty.
with stealthy tread added in 1867.
l. 56 1855 56 read to a cent.
l. 59 1855 56 read of the ward and of the nation.
l. 61 1855, looks, business, etc. 1856, looks, work, etc.
l. 64 Line 64 added in 1867.
l. 65 1855 56. They come, etc.
l. 69 or added in 1860.
l. 70 1855 56 read Looks with its side-curved head, etc.
l. 79 once added in 1860.
l. 80 How added in 1860.
l. 84 1855 reads elderhand of my own.
l. 85 1855 reads eldest brother.
l. 95 1855 56 60 read dropped.
l. 132 1855. For those reads all.
l. 137 1855 56 and 60, before line 137, read Who need be afraid of the merge?
l. 145 Line 145 in 1855 56 60 reads It is soI witnessed the corpsethere the pistol had fallen.
l. 146 1855 reads and sluff.
l. 148 1855. The carnival of sleighs, the clinking and shouted jokes and pelts of snow-balls.
l. 153 1855. After line 153 reads The souls moving along, are they invisible while the least atom of the stones is visible? 1856 and 1860, while the least of the stones is visible.
l. 154 1855 reads who fall on the flags, etc.
l. 158 1855 reads I mind them or the resonance of themI come again and again. 1856 reads I mind them or the resonance of themI come and I depart.
l. 171 1855 56 60 read Soundly falling asleep, etc.
l. 172 1855 56 60 67 read her three sky-sails.
l. 174 1855 56 60 read stopped.
l. 178 1855 reads near by.
l. 179 1855 56 60 after neck begins new line: One hand rested on his riflethe other hand held firmly the wrist of the red girl.
l. 181 1855 56 60 read stopped.
l. 215 1855 56 60 read hammers roll.
l. 226 and chain added in 1867.
l. 231 1855 reads the red, yellow and white, etc.
l. 232 1855 reads the green, etc.
l. 234 1855 56 60 read, and the mocking-bird in the swamp never studied, etc.
l. 238 1855 reads closer.
l. 239 1855 56 reads November sky.
l. 248 1855 56 read of the wielders, etc., of the drivers, etc.
l. 250 1855 reads and cheapest and nearest and easiest.
l. 263 1855 56 read The farmer stops by the bars of a Sunday, and looks, etc.
l. 267 1855 56 read his eyes get blurred.
l. 268 1855 56 60 read anatomists table.
l. 280 1855 56 60. After line 280 reads
The reformer ascends the platform, he spouts with his mouth and nose,
The company returns from its excursion, the darkey brings up the rear and bears the well-riddled target.
l. 284 while added in 1860.
l. 285 1855 56 A week ago she bore, etc.
l. 292 the race is begun added in 1867.
l. 301 1855 56 read holds, he is surrounded, etc.
l. 302 1855 56 60 read On the piazza walk five friendly matrons with twined arms.
l. 308 1855 56 read July.
l. 313 1855 reads go now through.
l. 327 down by the Oconee I live added in 1867.
l. 329 Louisianian or Georgian added in 1867.
l. 330 1855 56 60. After line 330 read A Louisianian or Georgian, a Poke-easy from sand-hills and pines. See line 329.
l. 337 yet added in 1860.
l. 338 1855 reads Of every hue and trade and rank, of every caste and religion. 1856 reads Of every hue, trade, rank, of every caste and religion. 1860 reads Of every hue, trade, rank, caste and religion.
1855 56 60. After line 338 read Not merely of the New World, but of Africa, Europe, Asiaa wandering savage.
l. 339 1855 reads A farmer, mechanic, or artista gentleman, sailor, lover or quaker. 1856 60 read A farmer, mechanic, artist, gentleman, sailor, lover, quaker.
l. 340 1855 reads or priest.
l. 342 1855 56 60 read And breathe.
l. 348 1855 56 60. After line 348 read If they do not enclose everything, they are next to nothing.
l. 352 After line 352, 1855 56 60 read
This is the breath of laws and songs and behaviour,
This is the tasteless water of souls, this is the true sustenance,
It is for the illiterate, it is for the judges of the supreme court, it is for the federal capitol and the state capitols,
It is for the admirable communes of literary men [1856 60 read literats.] and composers and singers and lecturers and engineers and savans,
It is for the endless races of working people [1856 60 read work-people.] and farmers and seamen.
This is the trill of a thousand clear cornets and scream of the octave flute and strike of triangles.
I play not a march [1860 reads not here marches.] for victors only, I play great marches for conquered and slain persons.
This is the breath for America, because it is my breath.
This is for laws, songs, behavior.
l. 357 1855 reads I sound triumphal drums for the dead. 1856 60 read I beat, etc.
l. 358 1855 reads I fling, etc.
l. 364 1855 56 60 67 read pleasantly set.
1855 56 60 read meat and drink.
l. 375 1855 56 read for the April rain has.
l. 377 1855 reads Or the early, etc.
l. 390 1855 56 60 read I cock my hat, etc.
l. 391 1855 56 read Shall I pray? Shall I venerate and be ceremonious?
l. 392 1855 reads
I have pried through the strata and analyzed to a hair,
And counselled with doctors and [and omitted in 1856.] calculated close and found no sweeter fat than sticks to my own bones.
l. 399 1855 reads And I know, etc.
l. 422 1855 reads I chant a new chant, etc.
l. 441 1855 56 60 read, after line 441,
Thruster holding me tight and that I hold tight!
We hurt each other as the bridegroom and the bride hurt each other.
l. 456 1855 56 60 read, after line 456, I am the poet of common sense and of the demonstrable and of immortality.
l. 465 1855 56 60 read I step up to say that what we do is right and what we affirm is rightand some is only the ore of right. Witness of us, one side a balance, etc.
l. 473 1855 56 60 read a word.
l. 475 1855 56 60 read One time as good as another, here or henceforward it is all the same to me.
l. 476 Lines 4767 added in 1867.
l. 478 1855 56 60 read a word for reality, materialism first and last imbuing.
l. 482 1855 reads lexicographer or chemist.
l. 485 1855 56 60 read
Gentlemen! I receive you and attach and clasp hands with you,
The facts are useful and realthey are not my dwellingI enter by them to an area of the dwelling.
l. 488 1855 56 60 read
I am less the reminder of property or qualities, and more the reminder of life,
And go on the square for my own sake and for others sakes.
l. 492 1855 56 60 read Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a Kosmos. 1867 reads Walt Whitman am I, of mighty Manhattan the son.
l. 493 1855 56 60 read Disorderly.
l. 499 1855 56 60. After line 499 read And whatever I do or say I also return.
l. 522 1855 reads This head is more than churches or bibles or creeds. 1866 reads This head is more than churches, bibles, creeds.
l. 523 1855 56 60 read If I worship any particular thing, it shall be some of the spread of my own body.
l. 525 it shall be you added in 1860.
l. 542 Line 542 added in 1860, which reads, O I am so wonderful.
l. 545 1855 56 read To walk up my stoop is unaccountable, etc.
1855 56 60. After line 545 read That I eat and drink is spectacle enough for the great authors and schools.
l. 560 O added in 1860.
l. 565 1855 56 60 read Walt, you understand enough, etc.
l. 567 O speech added in 1867.
l. 573 1855 56 60 read I refuse putting from me the best I am.
l. 575 1855 56 read I crowd your noisiest talk by looking toward you. 1860 reads I crowd your sleekest talk, etc.
l. 578 wholly added in 1867. 1855 56 60 read I confound the topmost skeptic.
l. 579 1855 56 60 read I think I will do nothing for a long time but listen.
l. 580 1855 reads and accrue and let sounds.
l. 582 1855 reads I hear the sound of the human voicea sound I love.
l. 583 1855 56 read I hear all sounds as they are turned to their uses.
l. 585 1855 56 60 add the recitative of fish-pedlars and fruit pedlars.
l. 591 marching two and two added in 1860.
l. 593 1855 56 60 read or mans heart complaint.
l. 594 1855 readsI hear the keyed cornet or else the echoes of sunset. It glides, etc., and line 595 added in 1856.
l. 596 1855 56 add this indeed is music.
l. 600 1855 56 60 read she convulses me like the climax of my love-grip.
l. 602 1855 reads
It wrenches unnamable ardors from my breast;
It throbs me to gulps of the farthest down horror.
1856 60 67 read The orchestra wrenches, etc.
l. 604 1855 56 60 read poisoned hail.
I lose my breath added in 1867.
l. 605 1855 56. For throttled read squeezed.
l. 606 At length added in 1860.
l. 609 Line 609 added in 1860.
l. 682 1855 reads live awhile with the animals.
l. 683 1855 56 read I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long. 1860 reads I stand and look at them sometimes an hour at a stretch.
l. 692 1855 56 read I do not know where they got those tokens. 1860 reads get those tokens.
l. 693 1855 56 60 read I must have passed that way, etc.
l. 698 1855 reads Picking out here one that shall be my amie, chosing to go with him on brotherly terms. 1856 reads Picking out here one that I love, chosing to go with on brotherly terms. 1860 reads Picking out here one that I love, chosing to go with on brotherly terms.
l. 702 1855 56 60 67 read Eyes well apart, full, etc.
l. 703 as added in 1860.
l. 704 1855 56 60 67 read speed.
l. 706 1855 reads And do not need your paces, and out-gallop them.
l. 707 1855 reads And myself as I stand or sit pass faster than you. 1856 reads Myself as I stand or sit passing faster than you.
l. 708 1855 56 60 read Swift wind! Space! My Soul! Now I know it is true what I guessed at.
l. 717 1855 reads Hoeing my onion-patch, and rows of carrots, etc.
l. 723 shaped added in 1867.
l. 724 yellow-flowered added in 1867.
l. 732 1855 56 read July eve.
l. 738 1855 56 60 67 read out of its ribs.
l. 743 1855 56 read Where the ground-sharks fin cuts, etc.
l. 746 1855 56 60 read Where the striped and starred flag, etc.
l. 752 1855 56 60 read squash.
l. 762 1855 reads by the slappy shore and laughs, etc.
l. 776 1855 reads primitive tunes.
l. 777 1855 56 read looking seriously.
l. 778 1855 56 read pressing.
l. 781 1855 56 read bearded.
l. 784 1855 56 60 read By the coffind, etc.
l. 797 1855 reads orchards of God, and look at the spheric product.
l. 802 1855 56 60 read no law can prevent me.
l. 808 1855 56 read We sail through, etc.
l. 811 1855 reads mountains point up, etc.
l. 826 Line 826 added in 1860.
l. 832 olden added in 1870.
l. v 1855 reads They taunt my dizzy ears, they beat, etc. .... with their whip-stocks.
l. 859 1855 reads Again the reveille of drummers, again the attacking cannon and mortars and howitzers. 1856 60 read Again the reveille of drummers, again the attacking cannon, mortars, howitzers.
l. 861 1855 reads Again the attacked send their cannon responsive. 1856 60 omit their. 1870 reads Again the cannon responsive.
l. 865 1855 reads and to make.
l. 870 Line 870 added in 1867.
l. 873 After line 873, 1855 56 read Hear now the tale of a jet-black sunrise.
l. 874 1855 56 read Hear now the murder in cold blood, etc. 1860 reads Hear now the tale of the murder in cold blood, etc.
l. 881 1855 56 read Large, turbulent, brave, handsome, generous, proud and affectionate. 1860 70 read Large, turbulent, generous, brave, handsome, proud and affectionate.
l. 884 1855 56 read Sunday.
l. 895 1855 56. After line 895 read And that was a jet-black sunrise.
l. 896 1855 56 60 read Did you read in the sea-books of an old-fashioned frigate-fight?
l. 897 1855 56 60 read Did you learn, etc.
l. 898 Line 898 added in 1867.
l. 899 (said he;) added in 1867.
l. 906 Line 906 added in 1867.
l. 907 well up added in 1867.
l. 909 1855 56 60. For is read was.
l. 910 1855 56 60. For see read saw.
l. 911 1855 56 60. Read was afire.
l. 912 1855 56 60. For asks read asked.
l. 913 1855 56 60. Omit is.
l. 914 1855 56 60 read I laughed content when I heard the voice of my little captain, and so, to line 942, the early editions read in the past tense. 1867 reads Now I laugh, etc., adding to end of line (says my grandmothers father.)
l. 918 1855 56 60 read silenced.
1855 56 60 read cleared.
l. 927 1867 reads, after line 927, O now it is not my grandmothers father there in the fight; I feel it is I myself.
l. 943 1855 56. For lines 9434 read
O Christ! my fit is mastering me!
What the rebel said gaily adjusting his throat to the rope-noose,
What the savage at the stump, his eye-sockets empty, his mouth spirting whoops and defiance,
What stills the traveler come to the vault at Mount Vernon.
What sobers the Brooklyn boy as he looks down on the shores of the Wallabout and remembers the prison ships,
What burst the guns of the redcoat at Saratoga when he surrendered his brigades,
These become mine and me every one, and they are but little.
I become as much more as I like.
O Christ! This is mastering me!
Through the conquered doors they crowd. I am possessed.
Then follows as in 1855 56.
l. 944 1867 reads Through the conquered, etc.
l. 945 1855 56 60 read I become any presence or truth of humanity here.
l. 956 1855 56. After line 956 read
I rise extatic through all and sweep with the true gravitation,
The whirling and whirling is elemental within me.
EnoughI bring such to a close,
Rise extatic through all, etc., as in 1855 56.
l. 957 Line 957 added in 1867.
l. 967 1855 56 read roll away.
l. 968 1855. After line 968 reads We walk the roads of Ohio and Massachusetts and Virginia and Wisconsin and New York and New Orleans and Texas and Montreal and San Francisco and Charleston and Savannah and Mexico. 1856 60 same as above, with changes in arrangement.
l. 969 1855 56 60 read Inland and by the sea-coast and boundary lines, etc.
l. 971 1855 56 60 read growth of two thousand years.
l. 972 1855 56 60 read
Elves, I salute you,
I see the approach of your numberless gangs, I see you understand yourselves and me,
And know that they who have eyes are divine, and the blind and lame are equally divine,
And that my steps drag behind yours yet go before them
And are aware that I am with you no more than I am with everybody.
l. 992 1855 56 60 67 read What I give I give out of myself.
l. 1024 1855 56 60. After line 1023 read The most they offer for mankind and eternity, less than a spirt of my own seminal wet.
l. 1025 1855 adds and laying them away.
l. 1027 1855 for Buddha reads Adonia.
l. 1030 1855 reads Honestly taking.
l. 1037 1855 reads more to me.
l. 1048 1855 56 60. After line 1048 read Guessing when I am it will not tickle me much to receive puffs out of pulpit or print.
l. 1056 1855 56 60 read their climax and close.
l. 1057 1855 reads evolves on my neck.
l. 1073 1855 reads politics, churches, newspapers, schools. 1856 60 67 read politics, markets, newspapers, schools.
l. 1074 1866 reads markets.
l. 1075 1855 56 60 read They who piddle and patter here in collars and tailed coats, I am aware who they are, they are not worms or fleas.
l. 1076 1867. For positively reads actually.
l. 1077 1855 adds under all the scrape-lipped and pipe-legged concealments.
l. 1081 1855 56 60 read I know my omnivorous words, and I cannot say any less.
1867 reads cannot write any less.
l. 1083 1855 56 read My words are words of a questioning, and to indicate reality. 1860 adds to above and motive power.
l. 1085 1855 56. After line 1085 read
The marriage estate and settlement, but the body and mind of the bridegroom? also those of the bride?
The Panorama of the sea, but the sea itself?
l. 1087 1855 56 60 read The fleet of ships of the line and all the modern improvementsbut the craft and pluck of the admiral?
l. 1088 In the houses added in 1867.
l. 1092 1855 56 read And what is called reason? and what is called love? and what is called life?
l. 1111 1855 56 60 read
I know every one of youI know the unspoken interrogatories,
By experience I know them.
l. 1116 1855. After line 1117 reads And the day and night are for you and me and all. 1856 60 read Day and night are for you, me, all.
l. 1117 precisely the same added in 1856.
l. 1119 1855 reads But I know it is sure and alive and sufficient. 1856 60 read But I know it is sure alive sufficient.
l. 1134 1855 56 read, after line 1134,
Eternity lies in bottomless reservoirs, its buckets are rising forever and ever,
They pour and they pour and they exhale away.
l. 1150 1855. After Nothing reads the vapor from the nostrils of death.
l. 1151 1855 reads and slept while God carried me through the lethargic mist.
l. 1166 1855 56 60 read Now I stand on this spot, etc.
l. 1173 1855 56 60. After line 1173 read Or while I swim in the bath, or drink from the pump at the corneror the curtain is down at the opera, or I glimpse at a womans face in the railroad car.
l. 1177 O welcome added in 1860.
l. 1188 1855 56 60 read and all the palpable life, were this moment, etc.
l. 1196 1855 reads Our rendezvous is fitly appointed, God will be there and wait till we come.
it is certain added in 1867.
l. 1197 Line 1197 added in 1867.
l. 1199 (come listen all!) added in 1867.
l. 1212 dear son added in 1867.
l. 1219 but added in 1867.
l. 1222 1855 56 60 for dear son read wayfarer.
l. 1224 1855 56 60 read I will certainly kiss you, etc.
l. 1237 1855 56 60 read worse than a wound cuts.
l. 1240 1855 56 60. For lines 123940 read Preferring scars and faces pitted with small-pox over all latherers and those that keep out of the sun.
l. 1246 1855 56 read It was tied, etc.
l. 1247 again added in 1860.
l. 1257 1855 reads words must sail, etc.
l. 1260 Lines 12585960 added in 1867.
l. 1274 1855 56 60 read And any man or woman shall stand cool and supercilious before a million universes.
l. 1275 1855 56 60. For say read call.
l. 1284 wheresoeer I go added in 1867.
l. 1304 1855 reads And perceive of the ghastly glitter the sunbeams reflected. 1856 reads And perceive of the ghastly glimmer the sunbeams reflected. 1860 reads I perceive of the ghastly glimmer the sunbeams reflected.
15. Laws for Creations
First published in 1860 as No. 13 Chants Democratic.
l. 5 1860. For lines 4 and 5 reads:
There shall be no subject but it shall be treated with reference to the ensemble of the world, and the compact truth of the worldAnd no coward or copyist shall be allowed;
There shall be no subject too pronouncedAll works shall illustrate the divine law of indirections;
There they standI see them already, each poised and in its place,
Statements, models, censuses, poems, dictionaries, biographies, essays, theoriesHow complete! How relative and interfused! No one supersedes another;
They do not seem to me like the old specimens,
They seem to me like Nature at last, (America has given birth to them, and I have also;)
They seem to me at last as perfect as the animals, and as the rocks and weedsfitted to them,
Fitted to the sky, to float with floating cloudsto rustle among the trees with rustling leaves,
To stretch with stretched and level waters, where ships silently sail in the distance.
First published in 1860.
17. To the Garden the World
First published in 1860.
18. From Pent-up Aching Rivers
First published in 1860.
l. 1 From pent-up, aching rivers added in 1867. See also note at line 10.
l. 10 After line 10, 1860, reads From the pent-up rivers of myself.
l. 13 1860 reads ten thousand years.
l. 15 even added in 1867.
l. 25 1860 67. After line 25 read The slaves body for saleI sternly with harsh voice auctioneering.
l. 43 1860 reads who understands methe girl of The States.
l. 60 1860 reads Celebrate you, enfans prepared for.
19. I Sing the Body Electric
First published in 1855. In 1856 under title of Poem of the Body.
l. 1 I sing the body electric added in 1867. 1860 reads O my children! O mates!
l. 2 1855 56 read The bodies of men and women engirth me and I engirth them. 1860 reads O the bodies of you, and of all men and women engirth me, etc.
l. 3 1855 reads and responds to them and love them. 1856 reads respond to them love them.
l. 4 Line 4, added in 1860, reads And respond to the contact of them, and discorrupt them, etc.
l. 6 1855 reads Was it doubted if those who corrupt their own live bodies conceal themselves? 1856 reads Was it dreamed whether those who corrupted their own live bodies could conceal themselves? 1860 reads same as 56, omitting live.
1855. For if reads whether.
1855. For defile read defiled.
l. 7 Lines 7 and 8 added in 1856.
l. 9 1855 56 read The expression of the body of man or woman balks account.
l. 10 That of added in 1860.
l. 11 Line 11 added in 1860.
l. 12 But added in 1860.
l. 19 1855 reads the salt transparent green-shine, or lies on his back, and rolls silently with the heave of the water. Above reading adopted in 1856 except to and fro added in 1860.
1855 After line 19 reads Framers bare-armed framing a house, hoisting the beams in their places or using the mallet and mortising chisel.
l. 21 1855 reads in all their exquisite offices.
l. 24 1855 reads The woodman rapidly swinging his axe in the woods, the young fellow, etc.
l. 26 1855 reads The coats, vests and caps, etc.
l. 28 1855 reads waistbands.
l. 33 1855 56 60 read he was a common farmer, he was the father of five sons.
l. 36 1855 56 60 read The shape of his head, the richness and breadth of his manners, etc.
l. 56 1855 reads fringed clouds, etc.
l. 73 1855 56. After line 73 read I see the bearer of the great fruit which is immortality, the good thereof is not tasted by roues, and never can be.
l. 78 1855 56. For wildest read fiercest.
l. 84 Line 83 in 1855 56 is part of line 82 and reads it is no matter who. It is sacred added in 1860.
l. 90 yourself added in 1860.
l. 93 only added in 1860.
l. 94 1855 reads A slave at auction.
l. 96 1855. For wonder reads curious creature; in lines 97, 98, 99, for it reads him.
l. 100 1855. For this reads that.
l. 101 1855 56 60 read the making of the attributes of heroes.
l. 102 1855. For so reads very.
l. 107 1855 reads runs his blood.
l. 110 1855 reads his heart.
l. 119 1855 56 60. After line 119 read
Her daughters or their daughters daughterswho knows who shall mate with them?
Who knows through the centuries what heroes may come from them?
In them and of them natal lovein them the divine mysterythe same old beautiful mystery.
l. 120 1855 reads Have you ever loved a woman?
l. 121 Lines 121122 added in 1856.
l. 125 1855 reads If life and the soul are sacred.
l. 129 After line 129. 1855 reads
Who degrades or defiles the living human body is cursed,
Who degrades or defiles the body of the dead is not more cursed.
Which ends the poem of that edition.
l. 130 Line 130 to end added in 1856.
l. 131 (and they are the Soul) added in 1860.
l. 159 1856 60 read meat of his own body or another persons body.
l. 165 1856 reads
O I think these are the soul!
If these are not the soul what is the soul?