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When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer 


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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.
 
Perhaps Walt Whitman came to the lecture unprepared. He didn't know how much depth, beauty, perspective he missed.
I wonder, who the "learn'd atronomer" was?
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