In Whitman's Hand

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[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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Byron Sutherland
        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.
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