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Letter to James Russell Lowell, January 20, 1860

Whitman, Walt. "Letter to James Russell Lowell, January 20, 1860." Walt Whitman: The Correspondence. Ed. Edwin Haviland Miller. New York: New York University Press, 1961. 47-48.
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Whitman writes to James Russell Lowell in regard to a few lines in his poem “Bardic Symbols,” which Russell will shortly be publishing.

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To James Russell Lowell
Jan. 20, '60.

Dear Sir,
Mr. House inform'd me that you accepted, and would publish, my "Bardic Symbols." If so, would you, as soon as convenient, have it put in type, and send me the proof?
About the two lines:
(See from my dead lips the ooze exuding at last! See the prismatic colon glistening and rolling!)
I have in view, from them, an effect in the piece which I clearly feel, but cannot as clearly define. Though I should prefer them in, still, as I told Mr. House, I agree that you may omit them, if you decidedly wish to.
Yours &c
Walt Whitman
Portland av. near Myrtle | Brooklyn, N. Y.

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Whitman has been told by Mr. House that James Russell Lowell with publish his "Bardic Symbols."