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Title: Proud music of the Storm

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Mid- to late 1860s

Whitman Archive ID: duk.00046

Source: Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: These notes contributed to the poem first published in the February 1869 number of The Atlantic Monthly as "Proud Music of the Sea-Storm." Subsequently, the poem was titled "Proud Music of the Storm" in Passage to India (1871), Two Rivulets (1876), and in Leaves of Grass (1881–2). This manuscript was probably written in the mid- to late 1860s shortly before publication in 1869.

Related item: The back of the manuscript, which consists of two leaves pasted together, has a partially-obstructed letterhead reading "Washington." An unfinished letter begins underneath the letterhead: "Dear Sir: Pleas."

Contributors to digital file: Nicole Gray, Andrew Jewell, Kenneth Price, Nick Krauter, Heather Morton, and Brett Barney

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Proud music of the Storm

the cohorn, a wind instrument
made of bark, bound
round with wire

used by the Russian shepherds
—& ☞ The fishermen on
the Don & the

I hear the wild sound of the wild sound of
the from the the cohorn from Russ
shepherds or the
fishermen along the
Don or those of the

preceding the above

the sound of the
loshki the musical little
bells of the wooden loshki

—The Russian loshki, the
little bells attached to the

[paper glued]

The Sib I see, In Siberia the I see
dance the miners dancing
to mus the sound of
plates of metal
struck by boys, with
iron or wood


The old Russian ^hunting music,
the ^ great band of composed
of horns alone only

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