p. 18, II. 9-10: "It may be", etc. Cf. "Ambition" (p. 502).
"Song of Myself" (p. 26). First printed with a title, "A Poem of Walt Whitman, An American", in 1860.
p. 29, 1. 8: "Show me to a cent" substituted for "show to me a cent" in 1888 edition. (See Traubel, II, p. 234.)
p. 30, II, 9-12: These lines were on the list of passages Osgood asked to be expurgated if he should continue the publication of Leaves of Grass in 1880. (Bucke, p. 149.)
p. 31, 1. II: "Tuckahoe" a native of Virginia, the inhabitants of the poor lands of which state were supposed to live on tuckahoe, an underground fungus-sclerotium (Standard Dictionary). "Cuff" short for Cuffy, a local nickname for a negro.
p. 33, II. 14 ff.: "the heavy omnibus", etc. Cf. pp. 563 ff.
p. 36, I. 15: "Shuffle and break-down", a form of negro dance.
p. 39, l. 7:"The jour printer with grad head", etc. A line probably suggested by William Hartshorne, the old printer who taught Whitman to set type. (U.P.P., I, p. 234 n.: II, pp. 245-249, 294.)
p. 41, l. 4: "the fourth of Seventh-month", a form of expression appearing in Whitman's early editions which reflects the Quaker influences of his childhood.
p. 49, II. 14-23: "And of the threads", etc. These lines were also on the Osgood list of expurgations demanded.
p. 50, II. 9-18: "You my rich blood . . . it shall be you". These lines were also on the Osgood list. (Bucke, p. 149.)
p. 53, l. 18: "To be in any form", etc. Cf. "To Be At All" (p. 499).
p. 54, II. 1-23: "Is this then a touch? . . . too much for me". This passage was also on the Osgood list of recommended expurgations. The original manuscript of this passage is to be seen in U.P.P., II, pp. 72-73.
p. 55, II, 20 ff.: "I believe a leaf of grass", etc. The original manuscript version of this passage is to be found in U.P.P., I, p. 70.
p. 57, II. 23 ff.: "My ties and ballasts leave me", etc. Cf. U.P.P., II, p. 66. "I am afoot with my vision". Cf. The Sleepers (p. 383) and Holloway, pp. 123 ff.
p. 59, l. 6: "Swims with her calf". Originally "her calves", but altered when Whitman discovered that the whale usually has but one calf. See J. Johnston and J. W. Wallace, Visits to Walt Whitman in 1890- 1891, p. 46.
p. 62, II. 15-16: "I turn the bridegroom out of bed", etc. These lines were on the Osgood list of expurgations demanded.
p. 62, II. 19 ff.: "I understand the large hearts of heroes", etc. According to Dr. R. M. Bucke this passage describes an actual shipwreck. ("Notes on the Text of Leaves of Grass", Conservator, VIII, p. 40.)
p. 64, II. 20 ff.: "Now I tell what I knew in Texas", etc. Though Whitman may have been in Texas on some unidentified journey, this anecdote came from his reading rather than his personal experience. As editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, he had published, on March II, 1846, an excerpt entitled "Fanning's Men,
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