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Like Earth O River

  • Whitman Archive Title: Like Earth O River
  • Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00106
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, The New York Public Library
  • Repository Title: Like Earth O River, you offer us burial
  • Date: 1848
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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  • Content: These lines were probably drafted as part of the poem published as "The Mississippi at Midnight" on March 6, 1848, in the New Orleans Daily Crescent , though they were not included in the published version of the poem. A revised version of the poem, titled "Sailing the Mississippi at Midnight," was later included in Specimen Days & Collect (1882–1883). Whitman left for New Orleans in February, 1848, so this manuscript was written after that date. Draft lines on the back of this manuscript leaf (nyp.00736) also relate to the poem eventually titled "Sailing the Mississippi at Midnight."

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