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

NOTES  320–329



320. Respondez!

First published in 1856 under title of “Poem of the Proposition of Nakedness;” in 1860 as No. 5, “Chants Democratic;” in 1867 ’70 under this title.

  l. 2  Line 2 added in 1870.

  l. 3  1856 ’60 add “not you any more than others.”

  l. 4  Line 4 added in 1860, which reads “If it really be as is pretended how much longer must we go on,” etc. 1867 reads “How much longer must we go on,” etc.

  l. 5  Line 5 added in 1860.

  l. 8  Lines 6, 7, 8, with lines 65 and 66, afterwards published under title of “Reversals.”

  l. 9  1856 adds “(Say! can results be criminal, and meanings not criminal?)”

  l. 12  1856 ’60 ’67 read “Let trillions of men and women,” etc.

  l. 17  Lines 17–20 added in 1870.

  l. 22  Lines 22, 44 and 46 afterwards published under title of “Transpositions.”

  l. 33  1856 ’60 read “Let nothing remain upon the earth except teachers,” etc.

  l. 38  After line 38, 1856 ’60 ’67 read “Let every man doubt every woman! And let every woman trick every man!”

  l. 40  1856 reads “Let nothing but love-songs, pictures, statues, elegant works be permitted,” etc. 1860 reads “Let nothing but copies, pictures, statues, reminiscences, elegant works be permitted,” etc.

  l. 44  Lines 22, 44 and 46 afterwards published under title of “Transpositions.”

  l. 46  Lines 22, 44 and 46 afterwards published under title of “Transpositions.”

  l. 48  1856 for “unfashionable” reads “living.”

  l. 49  1856 ’60 add “—Let one glimpse of your eye-sight upon the landscape or grass—”

  l. 57  “let them teach only what they have been taught!” added in 1860. 1856 ’60, after line 57 read “Let the preacher of creeds never dare to go meditate upon the hills, alone, by day or by night! (If one ever once dare, he is lost!)”

  l. 65  Lines 6, 7, 8, with lines 65 and 66, afterwards published under title of “Reversals.”

  l. 66  Lines 6, 7, 8, with lines 65 and 66, afterwards published under title of “Reversals.”

  l. 67  1856 ’60 read “(Say! What”) etc.

  l. 67  1856 ’60 read “(Say! What”) etc.

321. Solid, Ironical, Rolling Orb

First published in “Drum-Taps,” 1865.

322. Bathed in War’s Perfume

First published in “Drum-Taps,” 1865.

323. Thought

First published in 1860.

324. Lessons

Published in “Passage to India.”

325. This Day, O Soul

First published in “When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d,” 1865–6.

326. To the Reader at Parting

First published in 1867.

327. Two Rivulets

First published in 1876.
Title given to the Second Volume of Centennial Edition, 1876. This poem, which gave the title, and three others not reprinted in later editions, we have included in “Gathered Leaves.”

328. Or from that Sea of Time

Published in “Two Rivulets,” 1876.

329. From My Last Years

Published in “Two Rivulets,” 1876.

330. In Former Songs

Published in “Two Rivulets,” 1876.

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