Walt Whitman  

“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 the 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.