Thursday, October 08, 2009

Walt Whitman's Voice?

Did Thomas Edison make a wax cylinder recording in 1890 of Walt Whitman reading four lines from his poem "America"? The recording may be found here and here. Some background is here. The words are difficult to make out unless you have the text in front of you, so here it is:
Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,

All, all alike endear'd, grown, un grown, young or old,

Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,

Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love.

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