In Whitman's Hand
sent to Herald March 2
A Prairie sunset.
|Shot gold, maroon and violet, dazzling silver,|
| emerald, fawn,|
|The earth's whole amplitude and Nature's|
| multiform power consigned for once|
| to colors|
|The ^light, the very air diffused in possess'd by them,—colors till now|
|No limits, confines—not the west, the ern sky|
| alone—the high meridian—north,|
| south, all,|
|Pure, ^varied, brilliant colors, varied, fused and brilliant, fighting the silent, shadows to|
| the last.|
- This document was probably composed in early 1888.
- Editorial note
- "A Prairie Sunset" was published first in the March 9, 1888 issue of the New York Herald.
- This manuscript was probably composed in the winter of 1888, shortly before the poem's publication in March.
- A Prairie Sunset | Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
- Whitman Archive ID