Walt Whitman: “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” (published 1900)

Walt Whitman, 1819-1892.
“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.”

 

Credit: This poem is n the public domain
Date Published: 1900
Source:
https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/when-i-heard-learned-astronomer