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Title: The Patrol at Barnegat

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1880

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00254

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 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: "Patroling Barnegat" was published first in The American in June 1880. The date of the letter on the verso (see below) and the first publication date of the poem indicate that this manuscript was composed between May and June, 1880.

Related item: On the back of the first manuscript leaf is a letter dated May 12, 1880, from E. H. Hames & Co. of The Literary World magazine. See loc.05034.

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

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The Patrol at Barnegat

All ? Through Nature's gloom,—the —through
wild, wild storm,

The stretching shore and

The midnight covering all

And on the sand a
straggling group with ears alert

with ears alert, with

And on the sand, with ears
alert, a

With piercing eyes, seaward


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The ^swirling wintry blast, the
gusts of snow,

Alone with ^Dauntless Confronting Night, and
Storm and Sea


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Through the
the fierce

the midnight howling
the fierce snow driving
^through slush and sand toilsome, the mortar dragging,

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