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Title: Paumanok

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: February 29, 1888

Publication information: New York Herald 29 February 1888: 6.

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

Whitman Archive ID: per.00110

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang and Susan Belasco




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PAUMANOK.1

TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD:—

Sea-beauty! stretch'd and basking!
One side thy inland ocean laving, broad, with
copious commerce, steamers, sails,
And one the Atlantic's wind caressing, fierce or
gentle—mighty hulls dark-gliding in the
distance
Isle of sweet brooks of drinking-water—healthy
air and soil!
Isle of the salty shore and breeze and brine!
WALT WHITMAN.

Notes:

1. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888). Paumanok is the Native American name, and the name Whitman preferred, for Long Island. [back]


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