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Proud music of the Storm

the cohorn, a wind instrument
        made of bark, bound
        round with wire
used by the Russian shepherds
        —& ☞ The fishermen on
        the Don & the
I hear the wild sound of the wild sound of
        the from the the cohorn from Russ
        shepherds or the
        fishermen along the
        Don or those of the
preceding the above
the sound of the
        loshki the musical little
        bells of the wooden loshki
—The Russian loshki, the
        little bells attached to the
[paper glued]
The Sib I see, In Siberia the I see
        dance the miners dancing
        to mus the sound of
        plates of metal
        struck by boys, with
        iron or wood
The old Russian ^hunting music,
        the ^great band of composed
        of horns alone only
[Leaf 1 verso]  

This manuscript was probably written in the mid- to late-1860s shortly before publication in 1869.
Editorial note
These notes contribute to the poem first published in the February 1869 number of The Atlantic Monthly as "Proud Music of the Sea-Storm." Subsequently, the poem was titled "Proud Music of the Storm" in Passage to India (1871), Two Rivulets (1876), and in Leaves of Grass (1881-1882).
The verso of the manuscript, which consists of two leaves pasted together, has a partially-obstructed letterhead reading "Washington 18 ." An unfinished letter begins underneath the letterhead: "Dear Sir: Pleas." There is also a note written in an unknown hand reading "notes and extra lines for 'Proud Music of the Storm.'"
Corrections Proud Music of the Storm  |  The Trent Collection of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
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