Robert C. Ryan, Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (eds), The Writings of Herman Melville: The Northwestern-Newberry Edition, Vol. 11: Published Poems: Battle-Pieces; John Marr; Timoleon

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pg 295Editor’s NoteCritical ApparatusIn a Church of Padua

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Textual Notes: Inscription Stages. At least two stages of inscription-revision: A (nonextant pre-fair-copy stage); B (tan-gray ink on thinner paper).
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Textual Notes: Substantives. 295.0–10 In … see] [HM leaf 1(B)]
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*295.0–11 In … sin] [EM leaf 1]
Editor’s Note
Visiting Padua on April 1, 1857, Melville in his journal entry noted no confessional boxes like the one in this poem, though he recorded seeing the "superb" Church of St. Anthony, the Scrovegni chapel with its frescoes by Giotto, and a "fine church," the Church of the Eremitani (Journals, pp. 117, 501). The image of a "diving-bell" (line 14) also appears in "In the Turret" (p. 39 above); the Monitor's commander, Lieutenant Worden, is imagined "Sealed as in a diving-bell" (line 4) as he performs his dreadful duty.
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Emendations. 295.1 flit,] EM; ~^ HM
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*295.1 place] HM1,HM3,HM5; [?spot] HM2; space HM4
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295.1 flit] HM6,EM\HM2; run HM1; [undeciphered erased word] HM2; lie HM3,EM; sleep HM?4,EM\HM1; [undeciphered erased word] HM5
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Textual Notes: Accidentals. 295.1 In] [indent] HM; [indention obscured by display capital] T
295.1 flit,] EM; ~^ HM[that is, no decipherable punctuation follows any of HM's variants for this passage]
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295.2 box^ you see] HM1,HM5,T; box^ I see HM?2; box, behold HM?2; box^ I behold HM?4; box^ you mark EM\HM1; box^ is seen EM\HM2
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*295.2 box] [see substantives]
*295.2 see:] HM,EM2; ~, EM1
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295.3 fast,] EM; ~; HM
295.3 lattice] EM\HM; window HM
*295.3 none.] EM; ~; HM
295.3 none.] [line canceled following] EM\HM; No lattice blind, nor cranny there. HM
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295.3 lattice] EM\HM; window HM
295.3 none.] [following text-line canceled] EM\HM; [see following description of text-line canceled after EM had made her transcript] Nor [then No lattice, {then comma canceled, but restored in EM's transcript}] blind, nor cranny there. [the period becomes a comma in EM] HM,EM
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295.3 fast,] EM2; ~; HM,EM1
*295.3 none.] EM2; ~; HM; ~, EM1,T
295.3 none.] [see substantives]
Editor’s Note
Discussions. 295.3 none.] NN follows the final reading in EM (with a period), since the punctuation in HM is superseded by Melville's later deletion of a line that had followed this one. Although the comma in T could represent Melville's restoration of the first reading in his wife's transcript, it is more likely to have been a misreading caused by the revised state of her transcript.
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295.4 punctured] EM\HM; lateral HM
295.4 holes^ minutely small^] EM; ~, ~ ~, HM
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295.4 punctured] EM\HM; lateral HM
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*295.4 holes^ minutely small^] EM2; ~, ~ ~, HM; ~^ ~ ~, EM1
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295.5 In lateral] EM\HM; Punctured in HM
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295.5 In lateral] EM\HM; Punctured in HM
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295.6 without,] EM; ~^ HM
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295.6 without,] EM; ~^ HM
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295.7 an] EM\HM; the HM
295.7 if not declare] EM\HM; of all this care HM
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295.7 an] EM\HM; the HM
295.7 if not declare] EM\HM2; of all this care HM; and more declare EM\HM1
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295.8 tremulous] HM2,HM5; trembling HM1,HM3; trembled HM4
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295.8–17 Who … found] [in T, lines 8–17 are set slightly to the left of the corresponding lines in the first stanza; nothing in HM or EM suggests this different positioning is authorially intended]
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295.9 within,] EM; ~; HM
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*295.9 within,] EM; ~: HM1; ~; HM2
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295.10 hardly] EM\HM; never HM
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295.10 hardly] EM\HM[not copied back into HM]; never HM
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295.11–17 The … found] [HM leaf 2(B)]
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295.12 yields] EM; yeilds HM
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*295.12–17 Nor … found] [EM leaf 2]
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295.12 yields] EM; yeilds HM
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295.13 murmurer] EM; murmerer HM
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295.13 murmurer] EM; murmerer HM
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*295.14 Dread] HM,T; Vain EM\HM
295.14 In thee inurned] HM2; Inurned in thee HM1
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295.15 hollows] EM\HM; gulfs HM
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295.15 hollows] EM\HM3,HM\EM3; gulfs HM,EM\HM2,HM\EM2; depths EM\HM?1,HM\EM1
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295.16 consciences^] EM; ~:— HM
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*295.16 Descending] [indent] HM2; [no indent] HM1,EM,T
295.16 consciences^] EM2; ~:— HM; ~EM1
Editor’s Note
295.16,17 Descending/Where] In HM, "In" (in Melville's hand) is penciled at the left of line 16 and "out" (in his wife's hand) at the left of lines 15 and 17. NN follows these directions (with line 16 indented and line 17 not indented), though his wife reversed the indention of lines 16 and 17 in her transcript (which was followed in T).
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295.17 Where … found] EM\HM; Better grope among the drowned HM
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295.17 Where more is hid than found.] EM\HM2,HM\EM2; Better grope among the drowned. [then drowned! then drowned.] HM; And secrets of the drowned. EM,HM\EM1[there is no extant HM inscription for this variant]; Ah, grope[?s] among the drowned! EM\HM1
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*295.17 Where] [no indent] HM,HM\EM; [indent] EM,T
295.17 found.] [see substantives]
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