When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, Whitman

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When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

Walt Whitman

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.

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