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Walt Whitman : When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in
	columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, 
	divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he
	lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to 
	time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars. 

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)	1865

 
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