In Whitman's Hand
[I cross'd the Nevadas]
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|I cross'd the Nevadas, I cross'd the|
|I ascended the towering rocks along the|
| Pacific, I sail'd out to sea,|
|I sail'd through the storm, I was re-|
| fresh'd by the storm,|
|I watch'd with joy the threatening maws|
| of the waves,|
|I mark'd the white combs where they|
| career'd so high curling over,|
|I heard the wind piping, I saw the|
| black clouds,|
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Corry, Erie co.|
|Mrs. Annie Stowe|
Corry, Erie co|
- Whitman most likely wrote this manuscript in 1865, the year he published Drum-Taps and the year he met Byron Sutherland, a young soldier. Sutherland sent the poet a letter from Corry, Pennsylvania in September 1865.
- Editorial note
- The lines on this manuscript, apparently from either a late draft or a presentation copy, are from the poem "Rise O Days from Your Fathomless Deeps," first published in Drum-Taps (1865).
- I cross'd the Nevadas | Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
- Whitman Archive ID