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  • When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
    Walt Whitman
    24 Sep 2003

    When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
    When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns
    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.