When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer: Walt Whitman

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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 the 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

The illustration is copyright: MarcelClemens via Shutterstock
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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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2 Responses to When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer: Walt Whitman

  1. cookiecuckoo says:

    that’s what’s so great about being an “amateur” astronomer! no math! 🙂

  2. layanglicana says:

    I second that one!

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