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Title: Yet far sweeps your road

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1864

Whitman Archive ID: hpl.00001

Source: Huntington Public Library, Huntington, New York. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: This is a draft of the poem eventually titled "Thick-Sprinkled Bunting," first published under the title "Flag of stars, thick-sprinkled bunting" in Drum-Taps in 1865. The manuscript was likely written in 1864.

Related item: On the back of this leaf is a letter draft from around 26–29 (?) December 1864, apparently to the editor of the New York Herald, asking that an accompanying "communication," now lost, be printed "to start a public demand for the general exchange of prisoners of war." See hpl.00003.

Contributors to digital file: Katrina Robertson, Nick Krauter, Nicole Gray, Andrew Jewell, Kenneth Price, and Brett Barney



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^ Yet far sweeps your road path, O O your path stretches far Martial constellation! far sweeps your stretches far your journey ever adding group!
journey!

For O the prize I see at issue is the
world;

All its ships and shores I see
interwoven with your threads,
spotted cloth flag;

Dream'd again the flags of kings,
highest borne, to wave waft fly flaunt unrivall'd?

O destined hasten blue and silver! O with sure and
steady step, passing highest flags
of kings.

Walk supreme to the heavens, mighty
symbol—run up above them
all,

Dense starr'd bunting

O your path stretches far, martial

O to find your lazy seams, they
can turn and flap for carnage

O far, long, long your road,

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