In Whitman's Hand

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[Leaf 1 recto]

Proudly the flood comes in


Proudly the flood comes in,
        shouting, foaming, advancing
Long it ?holds at the high, with
        bosom broad outswelling;
All that throbs, dilates—the farms
        woods, the streets of cities,
        the ^—the workmen at their work.
Mainsails, and topsails, and jibs,
        appear in the offing—steamers
        with pennants of smoke—
        and under the noonday forenoon sun
Where my gaze as now sweeps ocean river and bay
?Freighted with human lives, gaily
        the outward bound, gaily the
        inward bound
Where my gaze as now sweeps ocean river and bay
Flaunting from many a spar
        the flag I love.
Where my gaze Where my gaze ^as now sweeps ocean sweeps ocean
        river and bay.
[Leaf 1 verso]  

This manuscript was probably composed around 1885.
Editorial note
A draft of "Proudly the Flood Comes In" first published as part of "Fancies at Navesink" in Nineteenth Century in August 1885.
The verso of this manuscript is an advertisement with the table of contents for Whitman's book Drum Taps. The contents listed include some poetry titles that Whitman never included in Drum Taps or any of the editions of Leaves of Grass.
Notes written on manuscript
In left margin, in unknown hand: 17.
3 [Proudly the flood comes in] Item 10  |  Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
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