Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Poem: "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by 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,

Looked up in perfect silence at the stars.