When I heard the learn'd Astronomer by: walt whitman


When I heard the learned 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.


When he understood his teacher,

When the proof was right in front of him,

When he saw the proof, when he was able to see it for himself,

When i was sitting in the classroom it was loud with applause,

He is not sure when got tired and sick,

He left the room,

In the nice weather and scenery that night and from time to time after that,

He would look up at the stars in silence because he understood.


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