In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Paumanok

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Early 1888

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00166

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. 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: "Paumanok" was published first in the New York Herald on February 29, 1888. This manuscript was probably written in early 1888, shortly before the poem's publication.

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

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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 —and —with mighty hulls dark-gliding
in the distance:

Isle of sweet drinking-water—healthy air
and soil!—isle of the earth and brine!

                                                                                       Walt Whitman

sent to Herald Feb. 27 '88

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