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Leaves of Grass 3

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.


1 ABOARD, at the ship's helm, A young steersman, steering with care. 2A bell through fog on a sea-coast dolefully ringing, An ocean-bell—O a warning bell, rock'd by the waves. 3O you give good notice indeed, you bell by the sea- 
 reefs ringing,
Ringing, ringing, to warn the ship from its wreck- 
4For, as on the alert, O steersman, you mind the  
 bell's admonition,
The bows turn,—the freighted ship, tacking, speeds  
 away under her gray sails,
The beautiful and noble ship, with all her precious  
 wealth, speeds away gaily and safe.
5But O the ship, the immortal ship! O ship aboard  
 the ship!
O ship of the body—ship of the soul—voyaging, voy- 
 aging, voyaging.

Part of the cluster LEAVES OF GRASS.

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