In Whitman's Hand
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2 Last of the ebb, and daylight
|Last of ^of the poured-out ebb, and daylight waning,|
sScented sea‑breaths landward shoreward making—
| smells of sedge and salt incoming,|
|With many a half‑caught voice sent|
| up from by from the whirls and eddies,|
|Many a muffled confession—many a|
| sob and whisper'd word,|
|As |fFrom As of speakars far or hid.
|How they sweep down and out! how they mutter!|
|Heroes Poets unnamed ^and lost designs——poets and artists greatest of any with all their lost designs,|
| —pride of|
|Pride of manhood—tones of the dying|
|Tones of the dying— Love unreturned—a chorus of age's complaints—|
| —love unreturn'd—tones of the dying——hope's last words,|
|Some suicide's despair's ing beguiling cry, Away|
| to the boundless waste, and never|
| again return.|
|On to oblivion! then! on—quicker, quicker yet!|
| on—on, and do your part, ye [deletion, illegible] shrouding ^burying waters!|
|On, for your time, ye furious debouché!|
- Whitman probably composed this manuscript shortly before its publication in 1885.
- Editorial note
- This manuscript is a draft of the poem "Last of Ebb, and Daylight Waning," first published in the "Fancies at Navesink" sequence of poems in the August 1885 issue of Nineteenth Century.
- The verso of the manuscript leaf is blank.
- Notes written on manuscript
- In top margin, in unknown hand: 9.
- Last of ebb, and daylight waning (bound with "Fancies at Navesink") | Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
- Whitman Archive ID