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<Text id=WhiPros> <Author>Whitman, Walt</Author> <Title>Complete Prose Works (1892)</Title> <Edition>Complete Poetry and Collected Prose. New York: Literary Classics of the U.S., 1982.</Edition> <Date>1855-1892</Date> <body> <div0 type=part n=1> <loc><locdoc>WhiPros689</locdoc><milestone n=689> <p> <i>Specimen Days</i> (1) <p> A HAPPY HOUR'S COMMAND <p><i>Down in the Woods, July 2d, 1882. -- </i> If I do it at all I must delay no longer. Incongruous and full of skips and jumps as is that huddle of diary-jottings, war- memoranda of 1862-'65, Nature-notes of 1877-'81, with Western and Canadian observations afterwards, all bundled up and tied by a big string, the resolution and indeed mandate comes to me this day, this hour, -- (and what a day! what an hour just passing! the luxury of riant grass and blowing breeze, with all the shows of sun and sky and perfect temperature, never before so filling me body and soul) -- to go home, untie . . .