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Title: The Sobbing of the Bells

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: September 27, 1881

Publication information: The Boston Weekly Globe 27 September 1881: [1].

Source: Our transcription is based on a digital image of an original issue.

Whitman Archive ID: per.00018

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, April Lambert, Heather Morton, Leslie Ianno, Ramon Guerra, and Susan Belasco




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THE SOBBING OF THE BELLS.1

(MIDNIGHT, SEPTEMBER 19-20, 1881.)


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BY WALT WHITMAN.

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The sobbing of the bells, the sudden death-news everywhere,
The slumberers rouse, the rapport of the People,
(Full well they know that message in the darkness,
Full well return the sad reverberations.)
The passionate toll and clang—city to city, joining, sounding,
passing,
Those heart-beats of a Nation in the night.

—[From a forthcoming volume.


Notes:

1. Reprinted as "The Sobbing of the Bells. (Midnight, Sept. 19-20, 1881)" in Leaves of Grass (1881–82). [back]


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