When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
by Walt Whitman
- Year Published: 1865
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, (1865)
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 5.0
- Word Count: 87
Whitman, W. (1865). When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer. Selected American and British Poems (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 24, 2017, from
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WHEN I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts, the diagrams, to add, divide,
and measure them,
When I sitting heard the learned 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.